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.
CMS’s Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) aims to address diabetes prevalence within the Medicare program, and may help other payers develop a model for chronic care, based on the MDPP’s promising initial results.
Among the many new policy provisions within the Trump administrations' annual payment rule lies a long-sought-after policy change that is making hospitals very happy. Through a proposed inpatient payment rule released this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is preparing to officially rescind the 25% threshold policy for long-term care transfers, which was set to begin Oct. 1.
Following natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and other destructive weather systems, patients often struggle to find access to medical treatment. While medical care is essential for patients who have been harmed by the storm, patients with chronic illnesses and other basic needs typically met by primary care providers usually face barriers.