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Is the U.S. Healthcare System Meeting Patient Needs?

Posted by The CareSync Team

Dec 28, 2016 8:50:20 AM

Results of a new international survey of 11 high-income countries show U.S. adults remain far more likely to go without needed healthcare — such as doctor visits, medical tests, treatments, or medications — because of cost. Shortfalls in patient engagement and Chronic Care Management were also reported.

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Topics: medical studies, medication & treatments, Medicare, physicians & providers, healthcare costs & insurance, healthcare spending

Sobering News Regarding the Cost of Healthcare for American Families

Posted by The CareSync Team

Jun 27, 2016 12:44:27 PM

The rapid rise of prescription drug costs is just one of the reasons the typical American family now pays three times more for healthcare than they did in 2001.

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Topics: share your health stories, medical records, family health, mHealth, patients, physicians & providers, healthcare costs & insurance

Put Medicare's Chronic Care Management Billing Code to Work for You and Your Patients

Posted by The CareSync Team

Nov 2, 2015 1:24:00 PM

Procrastination's a funny thing: suddenly all of your other work seems so much more important than that one fearsome task you've been putting off.

Hardworking primary care doctors, medical practices, hospitals, managers and administrators who haven't yet started using Medicare's new Chronic Care Management billing code - CPT 99490 - - we're talking to you! 

The code is a great way to improve care for Medicare patients with two or more chronic illnesses, while boosting patient satisfaction and medical practice workflow and providing doctor and patient 24/7 access to regularly updated care plans and medical records, with the option for administrative help from third-party providers.

Sounds expensive, but it's not: CareSync, the market leader in Chronic Care Management services for healthcare providers, patients and caregivers, charges less than Medicare's reimbursement level. 

You really need to do this!  But we totally get why you haven't.  The language of CPT 99490 doesn't make for easy reading.  Lucky for you, we've got a handy guide to each section of the code, complete with translations from gov-speak into language that makes sense to any medical professional, medical practice manager or administrator.

Better Chronic Care Helps Everyone

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.gov) put out this code as a way to help care for chronic illnesses, and it's a smart move: 85% of the healthcare spend goes to treating chronic illnesses, and two-thirds of Medicare dollars are spent on patients with 5+ chronic conditions. Chronic illnesses are common, and very costly.

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Topics: chronic care management (CCM), Medicare, care coordination, reimbursements, physicians & providers, healthcare costs & insurance, CPT code 99490, physician fee schedule (PFS)

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