Multiple Chronic Conditions Blog

Palliative Care in Chronic Conditions

Patients who are living with chronic conditions experience multiple symptoms. Poorly managed symptoms often cause disease exacerbation – leading to hospitalization and increased debility.

Symptom prevention or palliative care – offers patients the ability to engage in meaningful daily activities. Palliative care should be implemented at the onset of a chronic diagnosis and intensifies as…

HOSPICE CARE UNDER SCRUTINY: July 2019 Report

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found Medicare reimbursed hospices do not always offer needed services to beneficiaries and provide poor quality care. To promote compliance and quality of care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) relies on State agencies and accrediting organizations to survey hospices. Surveyors review clinical records, visit patients, and cite hospices…

FEDERAL COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE MULTIPLE CHRONIC CONDITIONS

Agency for Health, Research and Quality’s (AHRQ), Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement has announced a national priority to improve the care of patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC). Patients will MCC’s account for:

  • 64% of all clinic visits
  • 70%…

Preserving Pulmonary Function = Palliative Care

The World Health Organization (WHO), identifies 3 pulmonary conditions out of 10 causes of death globally (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Lung Cancer and lower…

February American Heart Month

  • 1 out of 2 American Adults have some form of cardiovascular disease
  • Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the U.S.
  • Every 40 seconds someone experiences a heart attack. 

Remain informed and current in the trends for improving of the care and management of the largest patient population:

Controversial Clinical Guideline Updates 2018

American Diabetes Association Type 2 Diabetes

2018 relaxed Hemoglobin A1c criteria with a focus on patient-centered care. Focus on reducing cardiovascular risk management. Online updates…

Safe Prescribing - Rely on the Evidence

Science changes daily and influences clinical practice and prescribing patterns. Test your knowledge on new and older data. What is effective and safe.

Historic Medicare Changes: Patient vs. Paperwork

This week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed historic changes that bring the nation one step closer to a modern healthcare system delivering better care for Americans at a lower cost. The goal of these proposals will allow healthcare providers increased time with the patient and less on required paperwork. The ambitious reforms proposed by CMS under Administrator Seema Verma will help deliver on two HHS priorities: creating a value-based healthcare system for the 21st century and making prescription drugs more affordable.

National Guideline Clearning House - No More!

Due to Federal budget cuts the Agency for Health, Research and Quality (AHRQ), who manages the National Guideline Clearing House will no longer provide an active website after July 16, 2018.

Costliest U.S. Patient Population

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in 2017 reported:

  • 81% of hospital admissions;
  • 91% of prescriptions filled;
  • 76% of health-provider visits;
  • 75% of home healthcare visits

Are Medicare patients with chronic conditions. Of these Beneficiaries 85% have at least one chronic condition and, 23% have five or more conditions…