Multiple Chronic Conditions Blog

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…

Largest, Fastest Growing and Costliest U.S. Patient Population

Currently, 81% of hospital admissions, 91% of prescriptions filled, 76% of health-provider visits and 75% of home healthcare visits are for Medicare patients living with chronic conditions. Of these 85% have at least one chronic conditions and 23% have five or more – accounting for two-thirds of all Medicare Spending. These demographics are expected to continue to escalate and Baby Boomers will…

2018 Healthcare Trends Predicted by the Health Research Institute (HRI)

HRI released “Top Health Industry Issues of 2018” and predict the New Year will be distinguished by persistent uncertainty and risk for the US health industry and likely mirroring 2017.

Key trends to shape healthcare in 2018 include:

  • Tackling the opioid epidemic, now the leading cause of death for adults younger than 50. Opioid related mortality now exceeds…

Administration says using the terms “Evidence and Science-Based” are not politically correct

Last year the CDC reported medical mistakes as the 3rd leading cause of adult death in the US - the use and implementation of scientific data and evidence-based practice reduces morbidity and mortality by relying on current, relevant and credible data to direct practice patterns.