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DeAnn Dennis

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 5/15/19

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, May 15, 2019 @ 01:09 PM

Home Care Industry Turnover Reaches All-Time High of 82%

The home care industry’s biggest problem — turnover — is only getting worse. Already cited as the No. 1 challenge plaguing home care agencies across the country, the median caregiver turnover rate skyrocketed to 82% in 2018, according to this year’s Home Care Benchmarking Study.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 5/10/19

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Fri, May 10, 2019 @ 02:23 PM

Fewer Uninsured ED Visits, Hospitalizations After ACA, JAMA Study Finds

The percentage of uninsured patients who visited hospital emergency departments or were discharged declined between 2006 and 2016, according to a new JAMA study.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 5/3/19

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Fri, May 03, 2019 @ 01:19 PM

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 4/23/2019

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Apr 23, 2019 @ 02:22 PM

CMS to Launch New Direct-Contracting Pay Models in 2020

HHS on Monday launched an ambitious, double-pronged strategy to shift primary care from fee-for-service payments to a global fee model where clinicians and hospitals could assume varying amounts of risk.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 4/16/2019

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 @ 01:15 PM

U.S. Economic Burden of Chronic Diseases Tops $3.8 Trillion

The U.S. economic burden of chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer has reached about $3.8 trillion in direct and indirect costs—or nearly one-fifth of GDP, according to a new report from Fitch Solutions.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 4/9/2019

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Apr 09, 2019 @ 11:52 AM

How One Doctor Changed the Way Patients Experience Care

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension are among the most preventable conditions. Lifestyle changes, evidence-based self-care and complementary approaches to healing can help patients manage these and other chronic conditions. It is the responsibility of their primary care physician to help support these changes.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 4/2/2019

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Apr 02, 2019 @ 02:00 PM

CMS Expands Ability of MA Plans to Tackle Social Determinants of Health for the Chronically Ill

The policy change builds on previous efforts by CMS to encourage better management and maintenance of health by allowing increased flexibility for plan dollars to pay for services like adult care programs and the installation of home safety devices.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 3/28/2019

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Mar 28, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

CMS: Physician Uptake of Advanced Payment Models Under MACRA Outpacing Goals

QPP includes two possible tracks for doctors, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model. In 2017, more than 1 million doctors enrolled in MIPS, about 95% of those eligible, while more than 99,000 qualified for APM, which is a higher risk-bearing option, according to the report .
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Care Management Weekly News Update - 3/20/2019

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 @ 12:58 PM

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 3/12/2019

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Mar 12, 2019 @ 11:29 AM

Codes Developed for Non-Face-to-Face Services

This article focuses on codes developed through the Current Procedural Terminology process with direction from CMS. Having CMS involvement was important to avoid the creation of “G” codes that many private payers do not cover. This did result in more complex codes that seem geared slightly toward the Medicare population.
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