Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s 2020 Report to Congress (RTC). The Innovation Center is required by statute to report to Congress on its activities, at minimum, every other year. This is the Innovation Center’s fifth RTC and covers activities from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2020. All of the Innovation Center’s Reports to Congress can be found here
News and Updates for Healthcare Professionals
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) 2020 Report to Congress (RTC)
AAKP Patient Impact Statement: FDA APPROVAL OF KERENDIA TO HELP SLOW KIDNEY DISEASE AND FAILURE ASSOCIATED WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES
New Tool Helps Primary Care Practices Screen Patients for Social Needs
AHRQ has developed a new tool to help primary care practices screen and refer patients for social needs such as food or housing, so-called social determinants of health (SDOH) which, when identified, can help tailor care to patients’ circumstances.
The tool helps primary care practices:
- Find resources and information to get started on patient screening and referral
- Consider what approaches work best for their practice
- Understand how to use collected information to address patients’ social needs, tailor care to their circumstances, and maximize reimbursement.
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U.S. Surgeon General on Emotional Well-Being and Fighting the Opioid Epidemic
From September 2019 to September 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported nearly 90,000 overdose deaths in the United States. These latest data on the nation’s opioid crisis offer another stark reminder that help is desperately needed in communities across the land. NIH’s research efforts to address the opioid crisis have been stressed during the pandemic, but creative investigators have come up with workarounds like wider use of telemedicine to fill the gap.
Cognitive Impairment: Medicare Provides Opportunities to Detect & Diagnose
Do you have a patient with a cognitive impairment? Medicare covers a separate visit for a cognitive assessment so you can more thoroughly evaluate cognitive function and help with care planning.
3 Things You Need to Know:
- If your patient shows signs of cognitive impairment at an Annual Wellness Visit or other routine visit, you may perform a more detailed cognitive assessment and develop a care plan
- The Cognitive Assessment & Care Plan Services (CPT code 99483) typically start with a 50-minute face-to-face visit that includes a detailed history and patient exam, resulting in a written care plan
- Any clinician eligible to report Evaluation and Management (E/M) services can offer this service, including: physicians (MD and DO), nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and physician assistants
Effective January 1, 2021, Medicare increased payment for these services to $282 (may be geographically adjusted) when provided in an office setting, added these services to the definition of primary care services in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and permanently covers these services via telehealth.
Get details on Medicare coverage requirements and proper billing at cms.gov/cognitive.
Tailored, earlier cardiac rehab program shows physical, emotional benefits for heart failure patients
NIH-funded clinical trial improved frailty, depression and overall quality of life.
Long-lasting medications may improve treatment satisfaction in people with opioid use disorder
NIH leaders emphasize the importance of patient voices in addiction medication development.
National Health and Aging Trends Study Research Brief
NIH Statement on World Asthma Day 2021
On World Asthma Day, the National Institutes of Health reaffirms its commitment to research to improve the lives of people with asthma. More than 25 million people in the United States have asthma(link is external), including 5.1 million children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This chronic lung disease can reduce quality of life, contributes to considerable emotional and financial stress, and is a major contributing factor to missed time from school and work.
Screening for Hypertension in Adults
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on screening for hypertension in adults. The Task Force recommends that clinicians screen all adults for hypertension.