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2024 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: 5 Remote Care Highlights

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule. Coming in at nearly 3,000 pages, the rule finalizes many significant additions and changes in areas including remote services, care management services, and preventive services. Below we highlightsome of the most notable developments.Prevounce CEO Daniel Tashnek, JD, will explorethese and other takeaways from the final rule during a webinar on Thursday, November 16, at 2:00 PM EST, which you can register for here.

Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis: Role of Remote Care Management

Arthritis is probably one of the most bothersome and frustrating health issues patients face. Classified as both degenerative and chronic, arthritis not only produces pain, but it can also increase symptoms of anxiety and depression, impact independence, contribute to sleep problems, and lead to a host of other chronic health issues due to neglectful self-management of the disorder. Fortunately, patients with the two most common types of arthritis — osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis — are eligible for participation in both chronic care management (CCM) and remote patient monitoring (RPM) services.

New CMS Primary Care Model Goes Big On Chronic Care Management

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new voluntary primary care initiative that further demonstrates its intent to invest in and grow chronic care management (CCM).

Chronic Care Management Patient Costs: Justifying Their Investment

Some areas of healthcare have evolved at lightning speed over these past several years, with the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching impact accelerating progress with relative ease. Adopted just a few years prior to the public health emergency's onset, chronic care management (CCM) is now solidified as a service and emerging care model — one that is bridging distance gaps and helping chronic disease patients reach and sustain better health for longer. Yet adoption has been slower than one might expect for a service with so many patient care benefits. Is the near-sighted perceived cost of this multifaceted solution deterring patients from taking advantage of it? Before we answer this question, and provide some reasons why patients and practitioners should fully embrace chronic care management, let's gain a better understanding of CCM.

A Passion for Chronic Care Management and Healthcare Technology

Q&A With Dr. Arun Chandra  Earlier in the year, Arun Chandra, MD, joined Prevounce as the company's clinical lead. In this interview, he explains why he is passionate about chronic care management and healthcare technology, the role he believes healthcare technology should be playing in supporting patients with chronic conditions, and why he welcomed the opportunity to join Prevounce.

Checklist for Developing a Chronic Care Management Program

Considering establishing chronic care management (CCM) program? Read on to gain a better understanding of CCM as a concept, the value of chronic care management and the steps you take that will better ensure you develop a strong CCM program that meets your patients' and organization's short- and long-term needs.

Chronic Care Management: Services Your Patients Need

I'm sure we're all aware of the American way of life — the one where many of us actively partake in regular bad habits like smoking, drinking, consuming unhealthy foods, and look past our largely inactive lifestyles where only about 23% of us actually get the recommended 150 minutes of aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise per week. While the impact of these not-so-great choices may be out of sight and therefore out of mind for younger people, the reality is that the delayed effects are just a ticking time-bomb of chronic disease waiting to happen.

Social Determinants of Health: Chronic Care Management Program Role

Part two in a two-part series (access part one) Imagine calling your chronic care case management patient for their weekly check-in only to find out that they haven't taken their blood pressure medication in four days. While the direct effect of the missed medication is worrisome, even more concerning might be the reason why the patient is skipping doses in the first place. Within chronic care management programs, it's not uncommon to run into these types of patient problems, and these situations probably arise more often than we like, or we'd like to admit. Often, the cause or a significant contributing factor to patient non-adherence with a chronic care management program is social determinants of health (SDoH).

Overcoming Social Determinants With Chronic Care Management Solutions

Part one in a two-part series It's been well-documented that social determinants impact the health and wellness of patients in numerous ways, but how do we more effectively address those issues that impact patients negatively? One path provider organizations are increasingly taking to help them overcome social determinants of health (SDoH) challenges is through the addition of chronic care management solutions.

Benefits of Chronic Care Management for Providers and Patients 

There are numerous benefits of chronic care management (CCM) that help patients, providers, and payers alike. Since chronic disease is a runaway freight train here in the United States the chronic care management model is functioning somewhat as a proverbial emergency break, slowing down the speed in which chronic disease is impacting our economy and our patients' health and longevity.

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