December 22, 2015
Healthy Eating Tips For The Holidays
Temptation is in the air during the holidays. The office is filled with holiday goodies and everyone is handing out homemade treats. WebMD has a top ten list of holiday diet tips including wearing snug clothes and making sure not to skip meals. The Cleveland Clinic put together a nice infographic to curb the cravings. If you are heading to the holiday party, check out this advice from EatingWell.com.
Coffee Consumption May Lower Mortality
The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study suggesting that regular coffee consumption lowers the 10-year risk of death. Medical News Today reported that compared with individuals who did not drink coffee, those who consumed four to five cups daily had the lowest risk of death from various causes, including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory diseases, influenza and suicide.
Brief Periods Of Standing Or Walking Can Help Lower Blood Sugar
Fox News Health reported on a study in Diabetes Care suggesting that, in postmenopausal women at risk for diabetes, standing up or walking every so often improved blood sugar compared to those who sat for 7.5 hours.
Task Force: Check Blood Pressure At Home
The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends checking blood pressure routinely at home as well as at the doctor's office. Dr. Mark Ebell of the University of Georgia and a member of the task force told NBC News, "We think an even bigger concern is under-diagnosis and under-treatment. There are a lot of people out there who have high blood pressure who don't know it or who have high blood pressure and it's not being adequately treated."
CMS continues emphasize the importance that primary care and the impact care coordination have to improve health outcomes and reduce expenditures. Based on a recent change in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, beginning January 1, 2016, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) will be eligible to bill for chronic care management services.
Payment for CCM services will be based on the Physician Fee Schedule national average non-facility payment rate for CPT code 99490 when billed alone or with other payable services on a RHC or FQHC claim. For the first quarter of 2015, the national average payment rate for CCM services was $42.91 per beneficiary per month
The core CCM requirements still apply for RHCs and FQHCs. Patient informed consent, personalized care plans, tracking of billable time, and use of a certified EHR are a few of the items necessary to perform the CCM services.
Together Clinic is your chronic care management resource. Contact us to see how our turn-key CCM solution can help start and maximize CCM services in your practice.