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DeAnn Dennis

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Care Management Weekly News Update 5/18/22

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, May 18, 2022 @ 11:45 AM

Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association, says telehealth holds significant potential to save the future of rural healthcare. However, ongoing problems such as spotty broadband access, poor digital literacy and inadequate communication are preventing utilization from becoming widespread across rural communities.

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Care Management Weekly News Update 5/11/22

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, May 11, 2022 @ 11:45 AM

Many physicians and leaders in health care are eager to help their organizations address health inequities, but it can be tough to know how to turn those good intentions into concrete, effective actions.

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Care Management Weekly News Update 5/5/22

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, May 05, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

“With a record-breaking total of over 35 million people who now have health coverage, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, America’s uninsured rate is nearing an all-time low,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. 

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Care Management Weekly News Update 4/27/22

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Apr 27, 2022 @ 11:48 AM

Accountable care organizations may replace the fee-for-service model. Here's why that's concerning:  CMS plans to enroll everyone in this new model by the end of this decade--and as early as next year, in some cases--without prior consent. 

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Care Management Weekly News Update 4/20/22

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Apr 20, 2022 @ 11:45 AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has developed a Behavioral Health Strategy, which seeks to remove barriers to care and services, and to adopt a data-informed approach to evaluate behavioral health programs and policies.

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Care Management Weekly News Update 4/14/22

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Apr 14, 2022 @ 11:45 AM

The bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Doris Matsui, D-California, and Markwayne Mullin, R-Oklahoma, aims to give targeted funding to providers and community mental health centers aimed at adopting health IT systems.

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Care Management Weekly News Update 4/6/22

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Apr 06, 2022 @ 12:37 PM

Secretary McDonough statement on FY 2023 VA Budget

In outlining his Unity Agenda, President Biden identified supporting Veterans as a key priority. His budget request supports the importance of ensuring Veterans have timely access to high quality services and benefits.

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Care Management Weekly News Update 3/30/22

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Mar 30, 2022 @ 11:45 AM

Roughly 14.5 million Americans signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges for 2022, a 21% increase over last year and the highest volume since the law was signed 12 years ago according to a new HHS report.

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Care Management Weekly News Update 3/23/22

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Mar 23, 2022 @ 11:49 AM

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is examining risk adjustment tactics that have led to overpayments to some Medicare Advantage plans, Secretary Xavier Becerra told reporters Friday. 

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2022 Medicare Care Management Updates - CCM, PCM and RTM

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Mar 17, 2022 @ 11:42 AM

Overview; CCM, PCM and RTM Program Updates:

If you are planning to offer, or currently offer chronic care management or remote monitoring services to your patients, CMS is providing more financial incentive with new billing codes and increased reimbursement rates. 

CMS significantly increased the reimbursement rate for Chronic Care Management and created a new add-on code for provider time spent managing CCM patients.  

Principal Care Management also received a significant reimbursement...

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