Archive for July, 2019

Infographic: 5 Ways Clinical Mobility Can Help Move the Needle on Patient Outcomes

July 8th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews


With a focus on patient-centered care and value-based reimbursement, healthcare providers are searching for solutions that move the needle on patient outcomes and satisfaction, according to a new infographic by Spectralink.

The infographic examines 5 ways in which clinical mobile devices help to improve communication among care team members, accelerate patient response times and provide a more personal connection between clinicians and their patients.

A New Vision for Remote Patient Monitoring: Creating Sustainable Financial, Operational and Clinical OutcomesAs healthcare moves out of the brick-and-mortar traditional setting into patients’ homes and their workplaces, and becomes much more proactive, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has been expanding its remote patient monitoring program. The remote patient monitoring program at UPMC has its roots in the heart failure program but has since expanded to additional disease states across the integrated delivery system’s continuum of care.

A New Vision for Remote Patient Monitoring: Creating Sustainable Financial, Operational and Clinical Outcomes delves into the evolution of UPMC’s remote patient monitoring program from its initial focus on heart failure to how the program was scaled vertically and horizontally. Click here for more information.

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Infographic: PACE by the Numbers

July 5th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

PACE® (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is growing both in terms of service area and enrollment, according to a new infographic by the National PACE Association.

The infographic examines PACE enrollment growth, demographics for participants, the top five chronic conditions among participants and program results.

Medicare Chronic Care Management Billing: Evidence-Based Workflows to Maximize CCM RevenueSince the January 2015 rollout by CMS of new chronic care management (CCM) codes, many physician practices have been slow to engage in CCM.

Arcturus Healthcare, however, rapidly grasped the potential of CCM to improve patient outcomes while generating care coordination revenue, estimating it could earn up to $100,000 monthly for qualified patients treated in its four physician practices—or $1 million a year.

Medicare Chronic Care Management Billing: Evidence-Based Workflows to Maximize CCM Revenue traces the incorporation of CCM into Arcturus Healthcare’s existing care management efforts for high-risk patients, as well as the bonus that resulted from CCM code adoption: increased engagement and improved relationships with CCM patients.

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Infographic: Prescribing Healthy Food in Medicare/Medicaid

July 3rd, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Health insurance coverage for healthy food could improve health, reduce healthcare costs and be highly cost-effective after five years, according to a new infographic by Tufts University.

The infographic examines the health and economic effects of healthy food prescriptions in Medicare and Medicaid.

Assessing Social Determinants of Health: Screening Tools, Triage and Workflows to Link High-Risk Patients to Community ServicesLeveraging the experience of several physician practices already screening patients for social determinants of health (SDOH), Montefiore Health System recently rolled out a two-tiered assessment program to measure SDOH positivity in its predominantly high-risk, government-insured population.

Assessing Social Determinants of Health: Screening Tools, Triage and Workflows to Link High-Risk Patients to Community Services outlines Montefiore’s approach to identifying SDOH markers such as housing, finances, healthcare access and violence that drive 85 percent of patients” well-being, and then connecting high-need individuals to community-based services. Click here for more information.

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Infographic: Rural Hospitals and Health Systems Ensure Local Access to High-Quality, Affordable Care

July 1st, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Rural hospitals are essential to the health and economic well-being of the community, according to a new infographic by the American Hospital Association.

The infographic examines challenges facing rural hospitals and communities and recommendations for federal policies and investments in rural communities.

Profiting from Population Health Revenue in an ACO: Framework for Medicare Shared Savings and MIPS SuccessA laser focus on population health interventions and processes can generate immediate revenue streams for fledgling accountable care organizations that support the hard work of creating a sustainable ACO business model. This population health priority has proven a lucrative strategy for Caravan Health, whose 23 ACO clients saved more than $26 million across approximately 250,000 covered lives in 2016 under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

Profiting from Population Health Revenue in an ACO: Framework for Medicare Shared Savings and MIPS Success examines Caravan Health’s population health-focused approach for ACOs and its potential for positioning ACOs for success under MSSP and MACRA’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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