Avicenna Medical Blog

Care Management Weekly News Update - 6/20/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 03:17 PM

Value-Based Payment Adoption Drives 5.6% Reduction in Care Costs

Payers that implemented value-based payment models reduced healthcare costs by an average of 5.6 percent, improved provider collaboration, and created more impactful member engagement, according to a new study from Change Healthcare.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 6/12/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 @ 09:49 AM

How IT Can Help Support Patient Engagement After Discharge

Until fairly recently, patient engagement was not a business imperative for hospitals. The importance of patient engagement has increased primarily because of two changes in the way Medicare pays healthcare providers—the advent of readmission penalties and the transition to value-based reimbursement.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 6/5/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Jun 05, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

The Role Nurses Can Play in Bridging the Gap Between Behavioral, Physical Healthcare

A nurse is typically the first person a patient interacts with, and he or she can set the tone for the entire visit. This is especially crucial in treating patients with behavioral health conditions or addiction, as they may be afraid to open up about the situation, said Teresa Jacobson, project manager for the Holistic Health Integration Project in Clermont County, Ohio.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 5/29/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 04:01 PM

Integrating Behavioral Health, Primary Care can Save Money

The Sustaining Healthcare Across Integrated Primary Care Efforts (SHAPE) demonstration, a Colorado project that integrated behavioral health services into primary care settings, saved about $1.08 million in net cost savings for Medicare, Medicaid and dual-eligible patients, according to a new report in Translational Behavioral Medicine.

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2018 Updates to the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, May 24, 2018 @ 02:43 PM

Updates for Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Expanded Model:

With the intent of lowering the rate of progression to Type II diabetes and improving overall health, the CMS has finalized the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) expanded model, which will allow qualified providers to begin furnishing MDPP services this year.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 5/22/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, May 22, 2018 @ 02:20 PM

Longer Home Health Visits Tied to Lower Hospital Rates

Home health care visits that are longer by just one minute may be tied to lower hospital readmission rates. That’s the key finding from a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 5/15/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, May 16, 2018 @ 02:45 PM

CMS Unveils Strategy to Improve Rural Healthcare

On Tuesday the CMS announced its first Rural Health Strategy, which looks to improve access to and quality of care in rural areas. CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the effort looks to “apply a rural lens to the vision and work of the agency” and was the culmination of input from rural providers and beneficiaries.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 5/8/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, May 08, 2018 @ 03:31 PM

The Role of Palliative Care in Pediatrics

Since the 1960s when the hospice movement really began, we have been slowly changing our approach to management of chronic illness. With the addition of palliative care, a defined medical specialty since 2006, we have been able to take the lessons learned in that nearly 60 years of hospice experience and apply them to not only the terminally ill, but also for chronic disease management.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 5/3/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 10:58 AM

AMA Calls for Reduced MIPS Reporting Period

Reducing the Merit-based Incentive Payment System reporting period to 90 consecutive days instead of one year would "reduce administrative burden and ensure physicians have sufficient time to report after receiving performance feedback from CMS," the American Medical Association argues in a letter sent to CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

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Avicenna Medical Systems and GAP Healthcare Announce Solution for MARCQI

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

Avicenna Medical Systems is pleased to announce its partnership with GAP Healthcare Solutions to provide outsourced MARCQI patient survey services for Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) for patients undergoing arthroplasty surgery.

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