Multiple Chronic Conditions Blog

The Older Americans Act in 2016: The Future is Now

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 the Older Americans Act (OAA) was reauthorized for three years – an important bipartisan accomplishment. Enacted in July 1965 along with Medicare and Medicaid, the law is a key piece of policy that empowers the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to fund programs across the country that are dedicated to helping seniors stay in their communities.

World’s Older Population Continues to Extend the Younger Population Growth

This month, the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Aging, US Census Bureau and the US Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration released the An Aging World 2015: International Population Reports

The Inevitability of Population Based Health

March will herald the 6th year since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. Yet, significant data suggests that American health care still lacks coordination, is fragmented, expensive, has little accountability and is not focused on the patient. Whether or not providers and organizations have begun to move in the direction of Population Based Health Care, the reality is, there are no options.

2016 Important and Pivotal Year for Change!

In 2015, the Administration and Congress took two major steps to put patients at the center of how health care is reimbursed: The Administration set a goal for 30 percent in 2016 and 50 percent in 2018 - all Medicare payments will be linked to:

Better Care, Smarter Spending and Healthier People

The Health Care Payment and Action Network (HCPLAN) announced today the release of the finalized Alternative Payment Model (APM) Framework White Paper. This document provides definition and direction for the country on the new and evolving payment model categories eventually leading into population based payment.

Provider Accountability and Transparency, 2016

The federal government seeks input from the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF), to provide recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance based payment programs.

Population Based Health

The need for action was enacted by Congress in 2010 with the Affordable Care Act's goal for: Better Health, Better Care and Reduced Cost. By the end of 2018, 90% of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement will be tied to quality – with at-risk contracts with providers and healthcare organizations – in the form of Accountable Care Organizations, Medical Homes and Bundled Services. In 2020 75% of Commercial plans will be value-based.

Are you prepared to make the transition from fee-for-service to value?

By 2018 90% of Medicare fee-for-service reimbursement will be tied to quality. If practices or providers do not participate in the value based reimbursement programs such as meaningful use and provider quality reporting systems (PQRS) in 2016 – expect up to 9% in penalties.

Prescription Drug Abuse – What Are the Trends?

The Obama Administration on October 22, 2015 Announced Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use. As part of today’s event, the President will announce federal, state, local and private sector efforts aimed at addressing the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic in the US.

New US Department of Health and Human Services Education and Training Resources on Multiple Chronic Conditions for the Healthcare Workforce

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services, recently released HHS Education and Training Resources on Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) for the healthcare workforce this resource will provide health care professionals with clinical education on the care needs for patients who are living with and dying from multiple chronic conditions.