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The Latest Insights Webinar Delves Deep into CPT E/M Changes

By | Blog, healthcare management consulting, Nextgen EHR

This week, we’re back with an all-new CareOptimize Insights Webinar highlighting changes coming with CPT E/M codes.

The code changes will go into effect on January 1, 2021, so it’s time to get your providers and coders ready. This comprehensive webinar explains how to navigate all of the Evaluation and Management changes and what they mean for reimbursement, including which codes to use when, which codes belong in conjunction, and what can be reported. There’s also a 10-step guide from acdis.org on how to successfully transition to the 2021 guidelines.

The Insights2020 CPT EM Code Changes for 2021 is up for viewing on the CareOptimize YouTube channel as well as on our Insights page. Remember you can watch all of our webinars by visiting https://www.youtube.com/careoptimize.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products, managed care solutions, value-based expertise, Nextgen EHR utilities, MIPS consulting, and more. CareOptimize has helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

How Telehealth Is Changing the Face of Healthcare

By | Blog, healthcare management consulting, Nextgen EHR

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth was largely used as a secondary tool by clinicians and patients, and mostly for test results delivered via email. Regulatory restrictions helped make for slow adoption. Now that telehealth has been widely implemented, patients and clinicians have quickly discovered its more widespread usefulness. Positive results, especially with virtual doctor visits, ensure telehealth will likely remain a healthcare staple for the foreseeable future.

The rapid implementation of telehealth revealed its many benefits, changing the ways many providers practice. From pediatrics to behavioral health, several common specialties embraced the extensive uses of telehealth. For example, Seattle Children’s hospital was already using it in a limited capacity in the early 2000s but has since seen massive growth. They find it particularly useful when dealing with mental health issues among children and adolescents.

With geriatrics, telehealth creates a considerably greater challenge. Many patients are on numerous medications or suffer from multiple chronic conditions. Others lack even the basic technical abilities. Initiatives to bring this demographic on board are crucial, as these patients are also at significantly higher risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus. Practitioners have doubled down on ways to reach out to these patients not only to help facilitate virtual visits, but also to ensure they have sufficient food, a means of transport, and even housing.

While primary care may be the most obvious fit for telehealth, specialties such as obstetrics, orthopaedics, and even physical therapy have altered their practices dramatically to incorporate telehealth components. To read more, please visit https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-06-telemedicine-post-coronavirus-world-common-specialties.html.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products, managed care solutions, value-based expertise, Nextgen EHR utilities, MIPS consulting, and more. CareOptimize has helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

EHR-Embedded Telehealth Saves the Day

By | Blog, healthcare management consulting, Nextgen EHR

COVID-19 has forced healthcare practices to find ways to keep their doors open and their patients served. Telehealth has been one of the most successful. A practice based in Blue Ridge, Georgia quickly adapted to the changes by instituting a telehealth system and achieving success.

Blue Ridge Medical Group initially found itself facing difficulty with ongoing patient care as businesses were forced to close. The practice was in dire need of a solution that adhered to HIPAA laws and allowed patient scheduling as well as video conferencing and billing.

After researching telemedicine technology and exploring service vendors, Blue Ridge Medical Group found an EHR-embedded platform that addressed many of its challenges, including initiating video calls with patients to provide ongoing care. Furthermore, patients were also able to use the system with minimal hassle despite many having limited tech skills.

Blue Ridge Medical Group has seen additional perks with their new telehealth program, including being able to document EHR data during a virtual visit by communicating with the patient, ensuring they don’t feel as if they are being ignored.

Telehealth has also proven to be a major plus for older patients that may not be able to physically visit the office due to certain health conditions or being too sick to leave home. These solutions allow patients to attend the all-important visits, allowing continued management of chronic health conditions and/or potential faster recuperation.

CareOptimize provides its own telehealth solutions designed to keep your practice running smoothly. Please visit our website www.careoptimize.com for more information.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products, managed care solutions, value-based expertise, NextGen EHR utilities, MIPS consulting, and more. CareOptimize has helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

Deriving Value from Your EHR Data

By | Blog, healthcare management consulting, MIPS consulting

An electronic health record (EHR) is perhaps the costliest investment in technology a hospital or healthcare system makes. Most healthcare agencies are hesitant about investing in new technology after the high expense of an EHR. As a result, they use their EHR analytics functionality to attempt to conduct analytics across the organization. How are they doing with such an approach? A Definitive Healthcare survey suggests there may be room for improvement.

The survey reveals healthcare systems using only EHR analytics components are more challenged by technology, whereas consumers who use in-house or analytics-specific systems are less technologically challenged. Organizations that do not use EHR analytics cite similar challenges in technology.

Analytics within an EHR often have limited functionality for results necessary to discover ways to improve outcomes. Because the developers of analytics-specific platforms are well-versed in data analytics and how to create value from results, those products often elicit better, more useful information, especially when combined with the EHR analytics.

Barriers to the use of analytics-specific platforms fall into three categories: cost, interoperability with existing technology, and leadership buy-in. Studies have shown these platforms create significantly more value by reducing cost, improving patient outcomes, and offering a better overall view. The value of results elicited often outweighs the barriers.

The CareOptimize Nextgen EHR page features several products we’ve developed to assist healthcare organizations with easing the process of navigating the rapid changes in healthcare technology.

To read more, please visit https://www.healthitoutcomes.com/doc/how-to-derive-value-from-the-data-in-your-ehr-0001.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products, managed care solutions, value-based expertise, next-generation EHR utilities, MIPS consulting, and more. CareOptimize has helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

CareOptimize Insights Webinar Is All Telemedicine

By | Blog, healthcare management consulting, Nextgen EHR

Telemedicine has been experiencing immense growth as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Practices as well as patients have more information available to them than ever as telemedicine moves to the forefront of healthcare. The next CareOptimize Insights webinar is all about helping you making sense of this new frontier.

This upcoming webinar exclusively discusses telemedicine, including relevant topics such as how it can assist your practice, the challenges it presents, the relaxation of regulatory matters, and where it is headed.

In regard to COVID-19, remember CareOptimize currently provides a pair of free tools to assist with simplifying the monitoring and reporting of coronavirus cases. The template allows you to log in data on patients who test positive or are exhibiting symptoms, then streamline notifications on those patients to the CDC, state health agency, and/or local health department. The report shows all high-risk patients in your organization who should be considered for additional screening or other preventative measures. Bookmark our Insights page or our YouTube channel to view all of our webinars.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, Nextgen EHR utilities, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

Coronavirus Relief Bill Sets Aside $100B for Providers

By | Blog, healthcare management consulting, MIPS consulting

A relief bill aimed at COVID-19 relief would grant providers an additional $100 billion in aid for expenses related to healthcare and lost revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, passed by the House on the 15th, is a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill that seeks to supply further direct payments to an extensive array of coronavirus-affected agencies, businesses and even people. Healthcare organizations and agencies would receive a substantial part of the funding. The legislation also makes improvements to accelerated and variable payment plans under the Medicare terms and an improvement in prospective inpatient prospective payment system outlier compensation under patients that have received a COVID-19 diagnosis. The federal matching rate for Medicaid states is now rising by 14 percent and $75 billion has been set aside to support coronavirus testing and contact tracing.

Ever since the execution of a pair of coronavirus relief packages, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, hospitals have been petitioning for more federal government funding. Collectively, the packages provided a Provider Relief Fund of $175 billion.

To read more about the HEROES Act, visit https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/latest-coronavirus-relief-bill-seeks-another-100b-for-providers.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, Nextgen EHR utilities, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

CMS Unveils Greater Medicare Payment Flexibility

By | Blog, healthcare management consulting, Telehealth

As a way to improve the healthcare system’s COVID-19 response, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has revealed more Medicare payment flexibilities to deliver telehealth, value-based care, and care beyond the traditional hospital during the pandemic.

Hospitals will earn secure, consistent Medicare payments by upping the number of beds for COVID-19 patients. This latest rule guarantees that facilities such as teaching hospitals, outpatient recovery centers, and community health service healthcare programs will not have to deal with decreased Medicare subsidies to raise the number of beds or patient admissions to minimize the pressure on the acute care system.

In turn, more companies will have the ability to supply and charge telehealth facilities, according to the rule. To broaden telehealth during the pandemic, CMS is forgoing limits on the kinds of providers that will deliver telehealth and is permitting hospitals to charge for remote care provided to hospital outpatients.

Long-awaited improvements to the Medicare Joint Savings Plan (MSSP) were among the flexibilities also announced. Furthermore, CMS revealed that the financial framework will be changed in assessing spending for accountable care organizations (ACOs). ACOs who accept increased financial risk under system rules in their next agreement cycle will also have the option of keeping the current financial risk standard for another year.

To read more, visit https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/cms-reveals-more-flexibility-with-medicare-payment-mssp-changes.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, Nextgen EHR utilities, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

CareOptimize COVID-19 Insights Webinar Episode Five Is Ready

By | Blog, COVID-19, Webinar

Episode five of the CareOptimize COVID-19 Insights webinar is here, jam-packed with information aimed at helping you navigate the ever-changing healthcare industry in the age of coronavirus. This week, we focus on what’s going on with the FCC Telehealth Program, other loans and grants, the reinstatement of elective procedures and which states are allowing them, and MIPS credit being given for COVID-19 clinical trial reporting.

Along with our free COVID-19 monitoring and reporting technology, we also cover the rise of Remote Patient Monitoring and how CareOptimize can help. All of this and more is ready for viewing at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrQHAhfcPV4. You can also watch the webinar by visiting the Insights page of our website: https://careoptimize.com/insights/. If you need to catch up, our YouTube channel has all previous episodes available: https://www.youtube.com/careoptimize.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, Nextgen EHR utilities, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475

CareOptimize COVID-19 Insights Webinar Episode Five Is Coming This Week

By | Blog, COVID-19, Webinar

As the challenges continue in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CareOptimize is committed to keeping you apprised of the important trends with our comprehensive, weekly COVID-19 Insights Webinar. This week we’ll be focusing on the reinstatement of elective surgeries in a few states, the greater adoption of remote tracking, and new developments with the FCC’s Telehealth Program.

We will also go over the technology CareOptimize has developed to help streamline COVID-19 monitoring and reporting, its genesis, and how this utility can help your practice post-pandemic.

Episode five of the COVID-19 Insights Webinar will be available later this week. All previous episodes are available for viewing on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/careoptimize and our website: www.careoptimize.com/insights.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, Nextgen EHR utilities, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

Don’t Miss Episode Four of the CareOptimize COVID-19 Insights Webinar

By | Blog, COVID-19, Webinar

This week continues the COVID-19 Insights webinar series. Some of the topics we have in store include the loans and grants being offered by the government, how they differ, and how they may benefit your practice, including SBA Loans and Grants, HHS Grants, Medicare Advance/Accelerated Payments, and Telehealth Funding. We’ll also be going over the technology we’ve developed to assist with streamlining COVID-19 monitoring and reporting.

In case you missed it, last Friday we posted episode three of the CareOptimize COVID-19 Insights Webinar. Topics included the latest changes to Medicaid Waivers, submission deadline extensions to the MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy, and uninsured Medicare coverage.

All episodes in this series are available on the CareOptimize YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/careoptimize and our website www.careoptimize.com/insights.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, Nextgen EHR utilities, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.