Tis the season for family gatherings, delicious food, sweet treats, joyful friends... and increased A1Cs. Per the American Diabetes Association, in 2015 30.3 million Americans had diabetes and 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. According to NCBI there are over 7.7 million hospital stays for diabetic patients and 22-46% of them are due to hyperglycemia.
With the added revenue stream, improved outcomes and without investment, implementing a chronic care management service solution seems like a no-brainer. Yet some doctors are hesitant. Below, we debunk five myths about chronic care management that can be a barrier to adoption.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the American Cancer Society for the year of 2017, over 250, 000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and over 40, 000 women will die from breast cancer. At this moment there are over 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States and deaths.
Topics: Dedicated nurse care management
In 2015-2016 the CDC estimated that 310,000 people were hospitalized for the Flu. CDC reports that influenza-associated deaths in the United States ranged from a low of 12,000 to a high of 56,000.
Build long-term Relationships with Your chronically ill patients
CMS now reimburses for non-face- to-face chronic care management services under CPT code 99490 (with additional reimbursements in 2017). Signallamp Health dedicates Registered Nurses to collaborate with the patient’s own PCP outside of the office setting. This is an important step in preparing practices for the patient engagement requirements of MACRA. In this series, Signallamp Health highlights the positive impact of its hands-on approach.
The most common form of asthma is allergic asthma or allergy induced asthma. As we approach the summer season, pollen is in the air. As a Signallamp Nurse, I know that patients who have a history of allergies and asthma are at higher risk for an asthma flare up. The most valuable information I will educate my patient on, is understanding and building an asthma action plan through effective nurse care management.
“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families, and ourselves. They may not remember your name, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
After major holidays, hospitals across the country will often see an increasing number of hospital admissions for heart failure. As a RN care manager, my goal is to educate patients on what they should or should not do during the holidays to help manage their conditions, but still enjoy themselves.
What is Transition of Care, how does it help my patient, and what are the challenges for providers?
Transition of Care (TOC) is a CMS reimbursement intended to help patients as they move from an acute setting back to the community. The smooth transition back home is essential if we are to help patients maintain their health long term, keep more patients in their home, and reduce unnecessary readmissions.
Topics: Transitional Care Management
Per the National Quality Forum, there is approximately $21 billion spent annually on medication errors between hospital and outpatient settings. There are several reasons that contribute to a false or incomplete medication reconciliation process. Reasons range from the physician and nurse communication/workflow, the patient’s understanding and knowledge of their medications, and lack of interchangeable health records. As an RN Care Manager for Signallamp Health, LLC, one of my main duties is to complete the Medication Reconciliation Process on the first call with the patient, bimonthly, and as needed.