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Care Management Weekly News Update - 7/25/17

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 @ 03:56 PM

Survey: More Than Half of Patients Prefer Telehealth Visits to In-Person Care

As telehealth technology continues gaining momentum, patients are realizing the value of virtual care options—even preferring it to in-person care in some instances. More than half of patients surveyed by the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) indicated they were “very satisfied” with a telehealth visit in the last year, and 54% said the experience was better than a traditional office visit.

How CMS Can Help Hospitals Succeed in Providing Sustainable Pop Health Initiatives

Health care providers can and are fine-tuning new business models with the more enlightened among them designing collaborative value-based population health management programs with the payers at the table, including the biggest of them all: CMS. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services offers programs, tools, financial incentives and a roadmap for integrated, coordinated care.

5 Proposed Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in 2018

CMS issued its update to the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, which includes a proposal to cut Medicare payments by half for services provided by certain provider-owned, off-campus hospital departments.

Collaborative Care Model Prepares Psychiatrists for Value-Based Care

The movement toward “value-based payment” has greatly accelerated in recent years to address the high level of Medicare spending and is furthered by advances in technology—especially the proliferation of electronic health records (EHRs) and payer-incentive programs to encourage more EHR adoption. Psychiatrists trained in collaborative care will be better prepared to meet the demands of the changing health care system.

Medical Practices That Add Nonphysician Staff Often See Revenue Gains

An analysis of U.S. medical groups finds that hiring more nonphysician providers and support staff are among the factors that can drive more profitable and productive practices, according to the report from the Medical Group Management Association.

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