Category: Chronic Disease

Predicting COPD Exacerbations With Remote Patient Monitoring

Remote patient monitoring of patients with COPD can offer clues about what happens before an exacerbation. While telemedicine and remote patient monitoring (RPM) have potential for proactive management of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at risk of exacerbation, data is lacking on how symptoms and physiological measures vary prior...

What rural hospitals can teach their urban counterparts about patient engagement

Rural hospitals are grappling with high rates of chronic disease, lack of broadband access, and workforce shortages that are exacerbated by the low pay and professional isolation that are characteristic of rural settings. It is from within this digital divide that rural hospitals have learned so much they can...

The Future of Telehealth in Respiratory Care

Of the various chronic diseases, respiratory disorders are among the most prevalent, underdiagnosed, debilitating, deadly and costly to manage. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects about 250 million people globally and was responsible for more than 3 million deaths in 2015. Neurologic disorders cause significant dysfunction of the respiratory...

Trump Administration Proposes to Expand Telehealth Benefits Permanently for Medicare Beneficiaries Beyond the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Advances Access to Care in Rural Areas

Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule would make permanent certain telehealth and workforce flexibilities provided during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and improve healthcare for Americans in Rural Areas  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing changes to expand telehealth permanently, consistent with the Executive Order on...

Feasibility and Acceptability of Using a Telehealth Platform to Monitor Cardiovascular Risk Factors

American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy
Feasibility and Acceptability of Using a Telehealth Platform to Monitor Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Survivors at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease EllenChang1, AleksiIukuridze2, MeaganEchevarria2, Jennifer BeranoTeh2, DayanaChanson2, BonnieKy3, Eric J.Chow4, RyotaroNakamura5, LanieLindenfeld2, Saro H.Armenian2 1Department of Hematology and Oncology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 2Department...

New COVID-19 Stroke Guidelines Stress Support for Telehealth, mHealth

New guidelines for stroke triage published in the AHA’s Stroke journal call on first responders to use telehealth and mHealth to screen and diagnose patients and ensure speedy transport to the right care facility. By Eric Wicklund May 28, 2020 – A team of stroke experts has published new guidelines calling for...

CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 – Participants in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

 Participants in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 The Trump Administration is issuing an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Made possible by President...

Remote Patient Monitoring, Reimbursement Topped Headlines in 2019

Top mHealth trends in 2019 included remote patient monitoring, telehealth reimbursement, substance use disorder care, chronic disease management, and direct-to-consumer mHealth technology. By Samantha McGrail As 2019 comes to an end, healthcare organizations are reflecting on the trends and stories that most influenced their behaviors in the past year....

The Chronic Care Management (CCM) – Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) – Reimbursement Guide – Coverage Year 2020

CMS has released its final rule for the 2020 Physician’s Fee Schedule. We have previously covered how one can set up a chronic care management program in 5 steps. We have also covered the available CPT codes that can be used to bill for chronic care management, which also includes...

2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program – CMS Final Rule – CPT Codes 99453, 99454, and 99457 – Everything You Need to Know – 2020

CARE MANAGEMENT SERVICES CMS is taking steps to further refine the codes for transitional care management (TCM) and chronic care management (CCM). They have also created new codes for principal care management (PCM) services for patients that have only one serious condition. Transitional Care Management (TCM) CMS has finalized...

Using Remote Monitoring to Reduce Hospital Visits for Cancer Patients

Until the 1990’s, patients with cancer requiring chemotherapy typically had to be admitted to the hospital to receive treatment. This inpatient care was stressful for patients and expensive. Since then, thanks to improvements in chemotherapy administration and symptom management, most treatment has moved from the inpatient setting to outpatient...

Industry Voices—3 steps to reducing readmissions amid an aging population

by Chris McCann Oct 23, 2019 Hospital readmissions are an expensive problem in the U.S. both for providers and patients. According to a study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the average cost of hospital readmission in 2016 was $14,400 per person. In addition to the financial cost, readmissions...

Simplifying the Management of Complex Care Patients

Simplifying the Management of Complex Care Patients It’s complicated… Having a chronic illness is tough. Having multiple chronic conditions is even tougher.  Add financial, emotional, mobility or behavioral factors, and it can seem insurmountable. People who struggle with multiple ongoing health challenges (like diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive...

Bipartisan support keeps telehealth adoption moving forward

Over the last decade, few issues in politics have been more polarizing than healthcare. It’s driven a deep wedge between Democrats and Republicans, particularly following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the subsequent efforts to repeal it, and has caused rifts within those parties. Yet despite...
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