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Care Management Weekly News Update - 9/12/17

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 03:07 PM

AMA, HIMSS Among Organizations Urging CMS to Waive Restrictions on Telehealth

Provider groups and health IT advocacy organizations are generally pleased with a proposal issued by federal officials to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services under the 2018 physician fee schedule, but several are pushing for even more flexibility to integrate connected health technology.

Altarum Creates Value-Based Health Benefit Plan

As an alternative to high deductible health plans, Altarum, a health systems research and consulting organization, announced a new health benefit plan. The Medical Episode Spending Allowance (MESA) Plan is geared for people with chronic or serious health conditions.

ACP Submits Recommendations on 2018 Physician Fee Schedule Proposal

The American College of Physicians encourage CMS to further align the various Medicare reporting programs and continue the Agency's goals to reduce the administrative burdens physicians face on a daily basis - allowing physicians to refocus their time on putting patients first and providing high-value care.

Small In-Home Care Providers Leverage Training Better

Larger organizations with more than 1,000 employees tend to have more sophisticated training technology, however, small organizations have stronger methods for evaluating if skills taught during training are applied in caregivers’ day-to-day work, according to a staff development and training survey conducted by Relias Learning.

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