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How Can The Healthcare Industry Equip Their Senior Patients For Chronic Care Management?

Healthcare organizations and chronic illness

By 2029, estimates show that senior patients will make up 20% of the population and a considerable share of healthcare spending. As it stands now, senior patients and patients with chronic illness make up to 5% of the population but nearly 50% of healthcare spending. How can healthcare organizations cap these rising costs.

According to a report from BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation, healthcare organizations are taking more responsibility when it comes to older adult care and chronic care management,

From NEJM Catalyst survey, it was found that healthcare organizations are looking into

  • Home health services
  • Strong chronic disease plans
  • Health IT

to address the needs of a growing aging population.

How can healthcare organizations achieve patient-centric and value-based care?

As mentioned earlier, healthcare organizations are looking into home health services and care plans to treat patients with chronic diseases.

Home healthcare services – Home healthcare is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. Examples of home health services include:

  • Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
  • Patient and caregiver education
  • Intravenous or nutrition therapy
  • Injections
  • Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status

In general, the goal of home health care is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you:

  • Get better
  • Regain your independence
  • Become as self-sufficient as possible
  • Maintain your current condition or level of function
  • Slow decline

Strong chronic disease plans – Patients with one or more chronic diseases need doctor’s attention almost every day. The physicians create care plans for such patients with vitals, measurements, activities, pain, etc that need to be monitored. This will help in keeping chronic patients healthy if they follow the care plan strictly.

HealthViewX Care Management and Chronic Care Management solution to ease the process for healthcare organizations

Information technology helps in making the process simpler for healthcare organizations by reducing their time and effort. HealthViewx software provides Care Management and Chronic Care Management solutions which help in providing home health services and also care plans for chronic patients.

HealthViewX Care Management solution supports the following features,

  • Care plans to enable remote care – A provider can create a care plan for a patient depending on the vitals, treatments, measurements, etc that need to be tracked. The patient-centric application helps in logging data for the vitals specified in the care plan. If needed the care plan can also be printed.
  • Customizable dashboards to suit the need – Dashboards comprising of graphs and tables show a comprehensive data of the number of patients in different care plans depending on the patient diagnosis.
  • Scheduler to keep track of the appointments – An inbuilt scheduler keeps track of the appointments and sends timely reminders to both the patient and the provider. The chances of missing out an appointment are very less.
  • Audio and video calling features – HealthViewX Care Management solution support inbuilt audio and video calling features which help in connecting with the patients for follow-ups.
  • Patient-reported data – Patients can record data for all attributes in the care plan. Summary graphs and table data helps the providers in monitoring the patient vitals. The patient records can be anytime printed in pdf or excel report form.
  • Health device integration – HealthViewX Care Management solution can integrate with any wearable device like Fitbit, apple watch, etc. Hence the patients need not waste time in logging data in the application if they are already using wearables.

HealthViewX Chronic Care Management solution supports the following features,

  • Automated call log feature – After a call, care plan creation or any action related to CCM health services, the system automatically adds call logs. It reduces the physician’s manual effort is logging the call logs.
  • Preventive Care plans – HealthViewX solution supports care plans for the Chronic Care Management service for a patient. The physician can create a care plan depending on the patient’s health report. It helps in monitoring the patient’s vitals.
  • Chronic Care Management Analytics – Dashboards with intuitive charts and tables give complete analytics of the Chronic Care Management services. It provides a clear picture of the revenue perspective.
  • Consolidated Report – The physician can generate a consolidated report of the Chronic Care Management services given for a particular period. This makes it easy for the billing practitioner for getting the Medicare reimbursements.
  • HIPAA compliance – HealthViewX Chronic Care Management is HIPAA compliant. It facilitates secure data exchange. The solution manages all patient-related documents securely.

HealthViewX Care Management and Chronic Care Management solutions have features that suit healthcare organizations best. To know more about our solutions, schedule a demo with us.

 

Reference

https://www.bdo.com/getattachment/4d33f6c8-6d21-41b1-bbc6-aac62f4a70fd/attachment.aspx?HC_Eldercare-Study_brochure_2018_WEB-(1).pdf=&utm_source=Media&utm_campaign=Candid%20Conversations%20on%20Elder%20Care

How Is CMS Changing The Face Of Remote Patient Monitoring And Patient Access?

CMS has finally issued its 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. It has highly anticipated new reimbursement policies for telehealth, remote monitoring, with a stronger focus on patient access to health information.

The new codes for Patient Remote Monitoring

The 2019 Proposed Rule offers three codes through which providers can get reimbursements for integrating remote monitoring data into their practice.

The first two are practice expense codes, which include resources providers spend such as office rent, supplies, and medical equipment. The third code tracks the amount of time a care provider spends managing patient care using the remote monitoring data.

  • 990X0 – Remote monitoring of physiologic parameter(s). Covers the time providers spend on setting up the technology and explaining to patients how it works.
  • 990X1 – Remote monitoring of physiologic parameter(s). Covers device(s) supply with daily recording(s) or programmed alert(s) transmission, each 30 days.
  • 994X9 – Remote physiologic monitoring treatment management services. Covers 20 minutes or more of clinical staff, physician, or other qualified healthcare professional time in a calendar month. The code requires interactive communication with the patient and/or the patient’s caregiver during the month.

There are some challenges in the proposed codes. These codes only cover the exchange and interpretation of “physiologic” data; yet many providers today would agree that there is a wealth of patient data that is helpful at the point of care, including patient-reported outcomes or behavioral data, that would fall outside the definition of physiologic.

Further guidance may be helpful to determine exactly which providers on a care team can spend time working with remote monitoring data. While the code definition states “clinical staff, physician, or other qualified healthcare professional,” elsewhere in the PFS proposed rule refers to the term “practitioner,” which “is used to describe both physicians and non-physician practitioners (NPPs) who are permitted to bill Medicare under the PFS for the services they furnish to Medicare beneficiaries.”

New Reimbursement for “Communication Technology-Based Services”

CMS acknowledges the evolution of physician services furnished through communication technology. So Medicare enacted the telehealth services statutory provision for patients with chronic conditions. Recognizing the many statutory restrictions on telehealth in Section 1834 (m) of the Social Security Act, CMS has taken the interpretation that there are physician services that involve interaction with a patient via remote communication technology that are not considered telehealth services and therefore are not covered by these restrictions.

CMS proposed several new HCPCS codes that are not considered “telehealth” services and as such, not subject to the conditions of Section 1834 (m):

  • HCPCS code GVCI1 – Brief Communication Technology-Based Service, e.g. Virtual Check-in. This would include the kinds of brief non-face-to-face check-in services furnished by a physician or other qualified healthcare professional, using communication technology, to evaluate whether or not an office visit or other service is warranted.
  • HCPCS code GRAS1 – Remote Evaluation of Pre-Recorded Patient Information. This covers physician time spent reviewing patient-submitted video or images to determine if a follow up visit is needed.

CMS acknowledges modern communication technology that allows for “the kinds of brief check-in services furnished using communication technology that are used to evaluate whether or not an office visit or other service is warranted.”

Beginning January 1, 2019, CMS is proposing to pay providers for utilizing these types of preventative technology services, even in cases where the activity means that a follow-up office visit is not scheduled. Where the check-in services precede an office visit or follow a visit within the previous 7 days, they would be bundled into the payment for the visit, but where the service does not lead to an office visit, there could be a separate payment.

CMS is seeking comments on the implications of this approach, as well as more information from industry about the types of technologies in use today to achieve these goals. Additionally, CMS seeks insight from industry as to if,

  • These services are appropriate for new patients
  • They are only for existing patients
  • Patient consent is required

Health Information Technology to simplify the process

Information Technology can greatly simplify the process by making remote patient monitoring easy for the hospitals. HealthViewX is a healthcare product that provides solution for remote patient monitoring, chronic care management and referral management. Our product has many unique features that simplify the workflow and improves patient satisfaction. To know more about our solution, schedule a demo with us.

References

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-14985.pdf

How Can Referral Inbound-Heavy Practices Profit From Patient Referrals?

Why are patient referrals important?

Patient referrals are excellent sources of revenue for health systems. Why is it necessary to have referrals flowing into your network? When a practice receives more referrals, it means patients will visit that practice. It has a positive impact on your revenue. When patients regularly visit a practice, the practice always stays active in the healthcare industry. But inbound-heavy referral practices can use technology to take care of their patient referrals.

What are the challenges faced by a referral inbound-heavy practice?

  • Multiple referral channels – For the specialist/imaging center who receive referrals face more difficulties than the referring provider. The receive referrals through various channels like fax, email, direct message, website, user-filled forms, etc. It is difficult to track and manage such a high volume of referrals. Varied sources of referral make it difficult to get a comprehensive data about the referrals flowing in. The chances of missing out on a referral are high.
  • Time-consuming process – On an average, referral inbound-heavy practices receive 1000 plus referrals every day. Handling all of them manually is a time-consuming process. The practice is aware of how many were processed and how many need immediate attention.
  • Limited referral information – Many referrals have less or no information required to process them. It makes it difficult for the referral coordinator to proceed with the diagnosis. It takes a lot of time for a practice to contact the referring provider for information or clarifications.
  • Appointment scheduling and patient no-show rates – After receiving the referral, the practice schedules appointments with the patient. In some cases, the patients are not notified clearly about the appointment. When patients do not show up, it is difficult for a practice to track.

How can an Electronic Patient Referral Management help referral-inbound heavy practices?

The current referral management is no way close to the increasing demands of the referral process. It provides no option for communicating between the referring and the receiving ends. Relying on EHR/EMR/RIS for managing referrals makes it a costly affair and does not fulfill the current requirements. Electronic Referral Management has been creating buzz for some time.

Inbound patient referral management challenges can be resolved to improve operational efficiency, reduce inbound patient referral leakage and close the loop of patient referrals. A patient referral management software must have the following benefits,

  • Consolidating the referral channels – The system must handle referrals from email, fax, phone, referral slips and direct visits. The software must consolidate referrals from all sources into a single queue from where it can be processed.
  • Data security – The software must manage all sensitive patient-related data securely.
  • Data Analytics – Complete analytics of the referrals flowing in, processed, missed etc. Patient referral system should give a clear picture of how efficient the practice is in handling inbound referrals.
  • Referral history – The history must be common to both the referring physician and receiving specialist/imaging center. The progress of the patient referral from the time of referral initiation and subsequent diagnosis should contain patient diagnostic reports, referral status to ensure there is no missing information.
  • Integration with scheduler – This will help in scheduling appointments for the patients. Also, the system should send automated reminders to patients and physicians about the appointments.
  • HIPAA Compliant – This will enable secure data exchange of patient sensitive documents.

HealthViewX Patient Referral Management Solution features

  • Single Referral Workflow Queue Consolidation – It collects Fax, Phone, Email, Website referrals and manages them in a single interface. This helps in managing them better.
  • Timeline View – Both the center and the PCP can view the timeline data of the patient in which the referral history is present. The provider can attach documents at any time for one another’s reference.
  • To and fro Communication – At any time of the referral process, the PCP and the center can communicate with the help of the inbuilt secure messaging and voice call applications.
  • Patient coordination framework – After finding the receiving provider, the referral coordinator refers the patient. When the receiving provider receives the referral, the provider will get notified of the referral. Even the patient will be notified of the referral. The receiving provider can schedule appointments based on the patient’s comfort. This will cut down patient no-show rates.
  • Referral Data Consolidation – It has options for printing the consolidated data about the referrals and the referral history of any patient as a hard copy at any time in pdf/excel.
  • Secure Data Management – HealthViewX Patient Referral Management is HIPAA compliant. It manages all patient-related documents securely. It helps in secure exchange of data.
  • Referral Analytics – Helps in tracking the number of referrals and gives complete information about the number processed, missed, scheduled etc with the help of a Referral Data-centric Dashboard.

HealthViewX Patient Referral Management solution helps practices in managing their referral network and increasing their revenue. Are you a referral inbound-heavy practice looking to track your inbound referrals very effectively? To know about HealthViewX Patient Referral Management System in detail schedule a demo with our team.

Attract And Retain Patients Within Your Network In Seven Simple Steps

Did you know? More than 80% of the patients rely on online reviews to evaluate patients. 8 out of 10 Americans internet users have researched topics including diseases, treatments, health insurance, a particular doctor or hospital. They do not go to the specialist just because they were referred to. Indeed patients spend a lot of time researching about the hospital and other options. Hospitals try to seek the attention of the patients through advertisements. But in this world of growing technology, ads through radios and billboards have become old-fashioned. So the hospitals are quite lost with the following questions in mind,

  • How can we reach our ideal patients at the right time with the right message?
  • How can we keep them happy and loyal?
  • If potential patients are no longer reacting to traditional advertising and promotional methods then what are they responding to?

It is through Patient Value Journey.

The way a patient chooses their health care provider shows what consumers want from a product or service. Below is the 7-step Patient Value Journey that can help practices turn patients into appointments and advocates of their practice.

The Patient Value Journey

Millions of Americans are embracing technology. From online search to wearables, they are transforming the patient journey at record-breaking speed. Google receives 63,000 searches per second on any given day and health care is the third most searched topic.

Considering the present reality, how can a practice drive more patient appointments both online and offline? The best marketing strategies begin and end with how a patient finds a practice and the process that flow after their first appointment.

1) Attaining Patient Awareness

A potential patient first becomes aware of the practice and its doctor(s) during the Patient Awareness Stage. Perhaps they have a health problem or concern, are researching a health condition and potential treatment.

In this early phase of the patient journey, the patient has a problem. The practice must present their solution while showing them what differentiates them from other practices. Potential patients can become aware of a practice in the following ways:

  • Seeing an advertisement
  • Finding the practice on social media
  • Receiving a referral from another doctor, friend or family member
  • Viewing the practice website as a search result on Google
  • Meeting at a health fair or community event

All these avenues present significant opportunities for a practice to reach potential patients both online and offline.

2) Patient Engagement

After becoming aware of the practice, a potential patient will take action to learn more of their doctor(s). After grabbing their attention, the practice must trigger them to interact with you or their social circles. Downloading a digital asset (white paper, checklist or eBook) from your practice website

There are numerous ways patients can engage with the practice including:

  • Searching specifically by name for the practice on Google
  • Visiting physician review sites to check their overall score
  • Sharing, commenting or liking one of their social media posts
  • Clicking on an ad or post that drives back to their website
  • Asking peers (online or offline) about their experience with the practice
  • Visiting the practice website

Digital marketing, social media, and website strategies are critical for bringing the patients to the subscription phase. When new visitors arrive at the practice’s website, it must impress the users in a few minutes. The site must have an eye-catching design, have killer content, and be easy to navigate. In addition to being desktop-friendly, the website must also be mobile-friendly.

3) Patient Subscription

In stage 3, potential patients will opt in to view or receive additional content from the practice. Here, a prospective patient likes what they have seen so far, but isn’t ready to commit to an appointment just yet. They are, however, seriously considering that practice for their health care needs.

What patient actions can the practice expect in this phase of the journey?

  • Joining an email list for the practice’s newsletter
  • “Liking” the page(s) on social media to receive updates in their newsfeed
  • RSVPing to attend a talk or seminar
  • Signing up for a webinar discussing a particular pain point or treatment option

There are several tactics a practice can employ to optimize patient subscriptions.

  • Keep blogs updated and post relevant content that readers can share across their social networks
  • Respond (ideally in real-time) to comments on their social media pages
  • Add social sharing buttons to their blog posts, newsletters, and general emails
  • Encourage readers to share their posts on their social media networks

4) Conversion

In the Conversion phase, the potential patient is satisfied with their research and is now ready to become a patient of the practice with a scheduled office visit. Upon entering the conversion stage, a patient will:

  • Book an appointment and schedule an office visit via the website or by phone
  • Set up a time for an in-office consultation about services
  • Not cancel the appointment

To ensure a patient’s smooth flow from subscription to conversion, the practice must make the transition easy for them.

If a potential patient spends precious minutes on the website trying to figure out how to contact or book an appointment, they’ll just give up in frustration. The site must make it easy for patients to schedule a visit on every single page.

5) Achieving Diagnosis and Treatment

In the diagnosis and treatment phase of the patient journey, the medical team diagnoses and prescribes treatment to the patient. The patient receives immediate value in the form of a diagnosis or treatment plan following the appointment.

Depending on the condition, the patient is under observation or conservative treatment over multiple visits and monitoring.

6) Ascension

As part of their journey, patients may or may not be prescribed additional treatments. It depends on their condition and their response to initial treatment(s) in the diagnosis and treatment phase.

Some patients will receive continued treatment as needed. Some others may be referred to supplementary services in or outside of the practice. While others may require surgery and rehabilitation.

7) Advocacy

In the Advocacy stage, the patient has completed their treatment protocol and is satisfied with the outcome of their care. They are now in a position to advocate for the practice both online and offline.

Patients can share positive feedback with the world by:

  • Providing an online review or rating on the physician(s) review website(s)
  • Taking part in a video testimonial to share their brilliant outcomes and benefits with other potential patients
  • Become the subject of a case study

Patient advocates are one of the most valuable assets for a practice. Patient success stories create a connection, build trust, credibility, and interest to motivate potential patients to answer a call-to-action.

Making the Patient Value Journey Work For You

The patient-physician relationship is a symbiotic two-way relationship. The patients can provide transparent feedback which can positively impact the start of other patient journeys.

Mapping the medical practice’s goals with Patient Value Journey helps in understanding the audience’s mindset and behavior. It can hone the practice’s short-term, quarterly wins and activities that contribute to reaching their long-term goals.

Using technology to solve patient-related problems

If your practice is facing problems related to managing patient traffic, patient referrals, chronic care management, remote patient monitoring or anything at all, HealthViewX is always there to solve your operational issues and optimize the workflow. To know in detail about our solution, schedule a demo with us.

 

References

http://www.internetlivestats.com/google-search-statistics/

https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/pew-study-health-information-third-most-popular-online-pursuit

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3077086/t/more-people-search-health-online/#.W4zdVc4zbIW

https://www.softwareadvice.com/resources/how-patients-use-online-reviews/

HIPAA Compliance Checklist

The HIPAA compliance checklist is divided into segments for each of the applicable rules. One important point is that there is no hierarchy in HIPAA regulations, and even though privacy and security measures are referred to as “addressable”. It does not imply that they are optional. Any organization must adhere to each of the criteria in the HIPAA compliance checklist to achieve full HIPAA compliance.

It is necessary for organizations having electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) to read through this HIPAA compliance checklist. The primary motive of this HIPAA compliance checklist is to help organizations comply with HIPAA regulations. Failing to this breaches the security and privacy of confidential patient data and results in substantial fines and even criminal charges.

Ignorance of HIPAA regulations is not considered to be a justifiable defense by the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (OCR). The OCR will issue fines for non-compliance regardless of whether the violation was inadvertent or resulted from willful neglect.

What is HIPAA compliance?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the standard for sensitive patient data protection. Companies that deal with PHI must have physical, network, and process security measures in place and follow them to ensure HIPAA Compliance. Covered entities (anyone providing treatment, payment, and operations in healthcare) and business associates (anyone who has access to patient information and provides support in treatment, payment, or operations) must meet HIPAA Compliance. Other entities, such as subcontractors and any other related business associates must also be in compliance.

HIPAA Requirements

Every Covered Entity and Business Associate that has access to PHI must ensure that they should

  • Adhere to the technical, physical and administrative safeguards
  • Comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule to protect the integrity of PHI
  • follow the procedure in the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule in the event of PHI breach

All risk assessments, HIPAA-related policies and reasons why addressable safeguards are not implemented must be chronicled in case of PHI breach. An investigation will take place to establish how the breach happened. Each of the other HIPAA requirements is explained in detail below.

HIPAA Security Rule

The HIPAA Security Rule sets the standards for safeguarding and protecting ePHI when it is at rest and in transit. The rules apply to anybody or any system that has access to confidential patient data. By “access” it means necessary to read, write, modify or communicate ePHI or personal identifiers which reveal the identity of an individual.

There are three parts to the HIPAA Security Rule

  • Technical safeguards
  • Physical safeguards
  • Administrative safeguards

Let us address these in order, in our HIPAA compliance checklist.

Technical Safeguards

The Technical Safeguards is about the technology used to protect the ePHI. The important requirement is that ePHI must be encrypted to NIST standards once it is beyond an organization’s internal firewalled servers. This is to ensure that any breach of confidential patient data renders it unreadable, indecipherable and unusable.

Physical Safeguards

The Physical Safeguards focus on physical access to ePHI irrespective of its location. ePHI can be stored in a remote data center, in the cloud, or on servers located within the premises of the HIPAA covered entity.

Administrative Safeguards

The Administrative Safeguards are the policies and procedures which bring the Privacy Rule and the Security Rule together. They are the pivotal elements of a HIPAA compliance checklist. These require a Security Officer and a Privacy Officer to put the measures in place to protect ePHI.

HIPAA Privacy Rule

The HIPAA Privacy Rule governs how ePHI can be used and disclosed. In effect since 2003, the rule applies to all healthcare organizations. It demands that the implementation of appropriate safeguards to protect PHI. It also limits the use and disclosure of PHI without patient authorization. The Rule also gives patients or their nominated representatives,  rights over their PHI; including the right to

  • obtain a copy of their health records or examine them
  • to request corrections if necessary

HIPAA Breach Notification Rule

The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule authorizes the covered entities to notify patients when there is an ePHI breach. It also requires them to promptly notify the Department of Health and Human Services of such the breach of along with issue a notice to the media if it affects more than 500 patients.

There is also a necessity to report smaller breaches those affecting fewer than 500 individuals via the OCR web portal. These smaller breach reports should ideally be made once the initial investigation has been conducted. The OCR only requires these reports annually.

HIPAA Omnibus Rule

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule was introduced to address the areas that had been omitted by previous updates to HIPAA. It amended definitions, clarified procedures and policies, and expanded the HIPAA compliance checklist to cover Business Associates and their subcontractors.

HIPAA Enforcement Rule

The HIPAA Enforcement Rule governs the investigations that follow a breach of ePHI. It enforces penalties for covered entities responsible for an avoidable breach of ePHI and conducts the procedures for hearings.

What Should a HIPAA Risk Assessment Consist Of?

OCR provides guidance on the objectives of a HIPAA risk assessment:

  • Identify the PHI that your organization creates, receives, stores and transmits – including PHI shared with consultants, vendors, and Business Associates.
  • Identify the human, natural and environmental threats to the integrity of PHI – human threats including those which are both intentional and unintentional.
  • Assess what measures are in place to protect against threats to the integrity of PHI, and the likelihood of a “reasonably anticipated” breach occurring.
  • Determine the potential impact of a PHI breach and assign each potential occurrence a risk level based on the average of the assigned likelihood and impact levels.
  • Document the findings and implement measures, procedures and policies were necessary to tick the boxes on the HIPAA compliance checklist and ensure HIPAA compliance.

HealthViewX, a HIPAA compliant platform for Chronic Care Management and Patient Referral Management

How nice would it be if a solution like HealthViewX can protect all patient-related data securely? The practice need not worry as HealthViewX is a HIPAA compliant solution. We are passionate about making things easy for the healthcare industry. We offer three important solutions.

In this period, when the healthcare industry is experiencing its most drastic change, HealthViewX focuses on helping healthcare providers adapt and evolve to meet the changing needs of the industry and provide the best quality care for its patients.

Know more about our Care Orchestration Solutions to Improve Care, Performance, and Compliance! Partner with us for sustained healthcare outcomes, data insights and informed decision making!

How Can Physicians Benefit From HealthViewX Chronic Care Management Solution

More than half of the U.S population is suffering from various chronic conditions. Such patients need continued care and support from their physicians. Considering the physicians’ busy schedule, they cannot extend special support to every other patient with chronic conditions. This directly affects chronic patients. Both physicians and patients face a lot of challenges in the process of giving care to chronic patients.

Care Management Workflow for Chronic Patients

Let us consider a scenario to explain the care management workflow for chronic patients.

  1. The chronic patient gets sick – Lily is a diabetic patient who also had blood pressure. She fell down and hurt her head so severely that she started bleeding. As she was diabetic, the wound did not heal. She wants to visit Dr. Matthews who is her PCP.
  2. PCP examines the patient – Dr. Matthews is a busy physician who runs a clinic. Lily waits for two hours to get his appointment. The doctor examines Lily along long hours of her waiting. He advises her to stay in the hospital for two days. The nurses there take good care of her by giving her medications on time, attending to her whenever in need, etc.
  3. The patient gets discharged – After two days, Lily feels that she is all right. She is discharged from the hospital. Dr.Matthews prescribes her medications to be followed strictly to get completely well.
  4. Patient falls ill again – Though Lily takes care of herself, the wound starts bleeding again. She tries reaching the doctor but to no avail. It was only after a day did she get his appointment again.
  5. The patient is readmitted – Dr. Matthews examines her again. He finds that she did not take the medications appropriately. He advises her to stay in the hospital for another day.

Challenges faced by physicians

Though Dr.Matthews took good care of Lily, it could not avoid her get readmission. If only he had been more available to Lily virtually, this would not have happened. So what factors stop Matthews from being available to Lily?

  1. Outdated technology – Dr.Matthews’ clinic has a manual appointment scheduling method. Hundreds of patients call the clinic every day and the possibility of one getting an appointment is only 10%. This prevents him from catering to patients who need immediate diagnosis and attention.
  2. Limited resources – The availability of staff is less in number. Even if Dr.Matthews recruited new people, it would increase his operating costs significantly. The use of a new technology to manage the patient traffic is also not a great idea as it is costly.
  3. No remote patient monitoring tool – Patient readmissions can be avoided only when Dr.Matthews gives continuous care to his patients. He does not have a remote patient monitoring tool or the staff availability to handle it. Because of this, he is finding it difficult to be available to his patients.

Chronic Care Management Program

CMS was spending a lot of money on patient’s insurance who were suffering from chronic conditions. In order to cut down the expenses on hospital admissions, the CMS introduced the Chronic Care Management (CCM) program. Through Chronic Care Management program, the physician can give more attention and care to the patient.

What is Chronic Care Management?

Medicare defines Chronic Care Management (CCM) as non-face-to-face services provided to its beneficiaries with multiple (two or more) significant chronic conditions. In addition to office visits and other face-to-face encounters (billed separately), these services include

  • Communication with the patient
  • Health professionals being available both electronically and by phone for care coordination, medication management, and being accessible to patients.

HealthViewX Chronic Care Management solution to simplify the process

Chronic Care Management program is indeed a good idea to track your patients regularly. But when done manually, it becomes another burden for the physician. This is when a Chronic Care Management software comes to play. It reduces the time and manual effort spent in giving the CCM services. Let us consider the same scenario to explain the Chronic Care Management workflow,

  1. The chronic patient gets sick – Lily is a diabetic patient who also had blood pressure. She fell down and hurt her head so severely that she started bleeding. As she was diabetic, the wound did not heal. She wants to visit Dr. Matthews who is her PCP.
  2. PCP examines the patient – Dr. Matthews is a busy physician who runs a clinic. As he is Lily’s PCP, she has HealthViewX application in which she can see the doctor’s availability. She fixes an appointment with the doctor in no time. Dr.Matthews examines her and advises her to stay in the hospital for two days. The nurses there take good care of her by giving her medications on time, attending to her whenever in need, etc.
  3. The patient gets discharged – After two days, Lily feels that she is all right. She is discharged from the hospital. Dr.Matthews prescribes her a care plan with medications and exercises to be followed strictly adhered to.
  4. The patient is continuously monitored – Lily takes care of herself by adhering to the care plan prescribed. She gets monthly calls from the CCM team. If at all she falls sick, the application will help her to reach out to the physician as soon as possible.

HealthViewX Chronic Care Management solution features

HealthViewX Chronic Care Management solution has the following features that make the process simpler for physicians and patients,

  • Inbuilt audio, video calling and messaging features – HealthViewX Chronic Care Management solution has inbuilt video and audio calling features. It helps in giving Chronic Care Management services to their patients. Secure messaging is also available through which the physicians and the patients can communicate.
  • Automated call log feature – After a call, care plan creation or any action related to CCM health services, the system automatically adds call logs. It reduces the physician’s manual effort is logging the call logs.
  • Preventive Care plans – HealthViewX solution supports care plans for the Chronic Care Management service for a patient. The physician can create a care plan depending on the patient’s health report. It helps in monitoring the patient’s vitals.
  • Chronic Care Management Analytics – Dashboards with intuitive charts and tables give complete analytics of the Chronic Care Management services. It provides a clear picture of the revenue perspective.
  • Consolidated Report – The physician can generate a consolidated report of the Chronic Care Management services given for a particular period. This makes it easy for the billing practitioner for getting the Medicare reimbursements.
  • HIPAA compliance – HealthViewX Chronic Care Management is HIPAA compliant. It facilitates secure data exchange. The solution manages all patient-related documents securely.

HealthViewX Chronic Care Management solution has features that suit the physicians best. To know more about our Chronic Care Management solution, schedule a demo with us.