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5 Documentation Requirements for Chronic Care Management Reimbursement

To be properly reimbursed by Medicare for select chronic care management (CCM) services not previously eligible for payment, documenting all conditions and satisfying requirements is critical, including the most challenging requirement, the ’20 minutes a month’ rule, says Rick Hindman, … finish reading 5 Documentation Requirements for Chronic Care Management Reimbursement

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Applying Big Data to Readmissions, High-Cost Patients Can Reduce Healthcare Costs

As many as one third of all readmissions may be preventable, providing a significant opportunity for reducing healthcare costs if big data, or clinical analytics, are applied, according to a new study conducted at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and … finish reading Applying Big Data to Readmissions, High-Cost Patients Can Reduce Healthcare Costs

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Culture of Population Health Management Key to Medical Home Success

While electronic health records are integral to patient-centered medical homes’ success, the new roles and relationships of providers and staff may be even more important in driving quality improvement, according to a study funded by the Commonwealth Fund. Given the … finish reading Culture of Population Health Management Key to Medical Home Success

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Patient Portal Use Improved Medication Adherence, Health Outcomes

Diabetics who used an online patient portal to refill medications increased their medication adherence and improved their cholesterol levels, according to a new study in the journal Medical Care. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded researchers from Kaiser Permanente … finish reading Patient Portal Use Improved Medication Adherence, Health Outcomes

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3 Reasons Hospitals are Reluctant to Implement ACOs

Financial concerns, quality issues and the interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs) are among the reasons nearly half of the hospital executives recently surveyed by Purdue Healthcare Advisors have no plans to implement an accountable care organization (ACO) in the … finish reading 3 Reasons Hospitals are Reluctant to Implement ACOs

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CMS Proposes Adjusting Meaningful Use Timeline

CMS has proposed delaying the start of Stage 3 of the meaningful use program for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, while the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has proposed adjustments to its certification … finish reading CMS Proposes Adjusting Meaningful Use Timeline

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Automated Predictor Flags Patients at Risk for 30-Day Readmission: Study

An automated prediction tool that identifies newly admitted patients at risk for readmission within 30 days of discharge has been successfully incorporated into the EHR of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The tool, developed by researchers at the Perelman … finish reading Automated Predictor Flags Patients at Risk for 30-Day Readmission: Study

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2 Standards of Care for Managing a Diabetic Population

Utilizing EHRs and closely identifying and managing patients who have missed appointments for hemoglobin A1C are two standards of care employed by Hudson River HealthCare (HRHC), a network of 16 FQHCs that use a patient-centered team of healthcare professionals to … finish reading 2 Standards of Care for Managing a Diabetic Population

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EHRs Linked to Improved Care for Patients with Diabetes

The use of EHRs in clinical settings led to a decrease in ER visits and hospitalizations for patients with diabetes, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Kaiser Permanente researchers examined the medical … finish reading EHRs Linked to Improved Care for Patients with Diabetes

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200,000 Heart Attacks, Stroke Deaths Could Have Been Prevented in 2010: CDC

More than 200,000 deaths from heart disease and stroke in the United States in 2010 could have been prevented, according to a new Vital Signs report from the CDC, and more than half of these deaths happened to people younger … finish reading 200,000 Heart Attacks, Stroke Deaths Could Have Been Prevented in 2010: CDC

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