With New Chronic Care CPT Code is CMS Getting Serious About Chronic Care? Care Coordination

With New Chronic Care CPT Code is CMS Getting Serious About Chronic Care?

I was recently trying to explain the term “null set” to my middle-schooler for her math class.  I suggested to her that could be illustrated as the (lack of) intersection between things she wanted to do on a school night and things she was allowed to do on a school night.  Unfortunately, the same null set could describe the lack of intersection between “What Clinicians Can Bill For” and “Things That Help Manage Chronic Disease.”  

Playing Whack-A-Mole With Costs -CMS and Joint Commission Weigh In on Care Transition Care Coordination

Playing Whack-A-Mole With Costs -CMS and Joint Commission Weigh In on Care Transition

With the rising cost of post-acute care now approaching the cost of in-patient care, it’s no surprise that the world’s largest health insurer, the U.S. Government, has some thoughts on the subject, and those thoughts are being translated into new Joint Commission Quality Metrics.

Help! I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up! Managing a Patient’s Total Cost of Care Care Coordination

Help! I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up! Managing a Patient’s Total Cost of Care

Stephen Brill’s new book and follow-up to his much-quoted Time magazine article, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System  repeatedly makes the point that Obamacare doesn’t address costs or quality.  And it doesn’t.  For industry people, we know that’s not the job of the government, nor do we want it to be. 

If You Knew You Could Reduce Readmissions by 32% via Telehealth, Would You Do It? Care Coordination

If You Knew You Could Reduce Readmissions by 32% via Telehealth, Would You Do It?

Of course you would.  These strong results are courtesy of the Veterans Administration, who, via their extensive telehealth program, reduced readmissions for in-home telehealth participants by 32% and reduced the number of bed days for telehealth participants by 42% in FY 2014, according to an iHealth.org report.

Delaware Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Nebraska Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Kansas Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Arkansas Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Oklahoma Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Missouri Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Texas Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Florida Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

California Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Michigan Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Ohio Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Wisconsin Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Minnesota Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Indiana Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Iowa Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.

Maine Patient Engagement Rankings

Top health systems:

provide patients with information and tools that support self care,
enable patients to have rich online interactions with the health system both through patient portals and through social media,
have low 30-day readmissions,
and have high patient satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores.