Healthcare Spending Growth Projected Through 2025

Posted by The CareSync Team

Mar 28, 2017 9:32:44 AM

According to data released in February, total health spending for 2016 is projected to have reached nearly $3.4 trillion. National health expenditure growth is expected to average 5.6 percent annually over 2016-2025 and represent 19.9 percent of gross domestic product by 2025. And by 2025, it's projected that 47 percent of national health spending will be financed by federal, state, and local governments.

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Topics: physicians & providers, patients, healthcare costs, healthcare research, Medicare, healthcare costs & insurance, prescription drugs

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

Posted by Kaerrie Hall

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

The Relationship Between Healthcare Quality and Spending

Posted by The Engaged Patient

Dec 19, 2016 11:04:02 AM

They say knowledge is power. But knowledge gained through a cool, interactive online tool is probably even better. At least that’s what I was thinking when I started playing around with The Commonwealth Fund’s Quality-Spending Interactive tool.

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Topics: MACRA, Medicare, healthcare spending, infographics, healthcare costs

MACRA Final Rule: What You Need to Know

Posted by Travis Bond

Nov 4, 2016 4:43:45 PM

With the final rule out, we highlight the major changes that impact you, share early insight into the differences between the proposed and final rule, and identify ways you can successfully move forward with MACRA.

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Topics: MACRA, CareSync, Medicare, chronic care management (CCM), reimbursements, care coordination, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), physicians & providers, physician fee schedule (PFS), mHealth, Quality Payment Program (QPP), Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

Some Flexibility On MACRA Requirements Announced

Posted by Travis Bond

Sep 15, 2016 10:11:32 AM

The start date for the first performance period under MACRA hasn’t changed, but CMS released a statement Thursday about flexible reporting options for the first year that should help reduce physician fears.

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Topics: MACRA, CareSync, Medicare, chronic care management (CCM), reimbursements, care coordination, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)

Who Made Modern Healthcare's List?

Posted by The CareSync Team

Aug 25, 2016 5:02:11 PM

Two familiar faces involved with Medicare have made the top 10 of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2016.

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Topics: Medicare, MACRA

Healthcare Perspectives Differ: Can Care Coordination Narrow the Gap?

Posted by Travis Bond

Aug 23, 2016 8:51:05 AM

A study conducted by Y&R’s BAV Consulting, on behalf of Xerox®, found patients and the healthcare professionals who provide and insure their care have very different views on topics such as patient empowerment and control. How can we solve for the difference? Could care coordination be the missing link?

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Topics: care coordination, physicians & providers, medical studies, MACRA, Medicare, CPT code 99490, chronic care management (CCM), patients, Travis Bond, mHealth, patient advocacy, patient engagement

Chronic Care Management Done Right

Posted by The CareSync Team

Aug 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Recently, VP of Client Solutions for CareSync™, Mark Nalywajko, spoke with Dr. Scott Maron, a board certified internist, to get his insights into Chronic Care Management (CCM) and his experience using CareSync’s CCM services since January 2015. Dr. Maron was an early and highly influential adopter of CCM and CareSync’s second CCM client.

In this post, Mark and Dr. Maron discuss some of the barriers physicians face when trying to implement CCM on their own and what care coordination can mean for a practice and its patients.

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Topics: chronic care management (CCM), Medicare, medical records, CareSync Care Plans, MACRA, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CPT code 99490, reimbursements, physician fee schedule (PFS), CareSync company updates

CareSync™ Clients Are Well-Positioned for MACRA Success. Why?

Posted by Travis Bond

Jul 28, 2016 1:04:20 PM

Care coordination is at the core of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Providers who understand care coordination, embrace proactive between-visit care, and engage patients to become active participants in their health are in the best possible position to succeed with MACRA.

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Topics: Medicare, reimbursements, physicians & providers, MACRA, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), physician fee schedule (PFS), chronic care management (CCM), Travis Bond

Chronic Care Management: Steps in the Right Direction

Posted by Travis Bond

Jul 18, 2016 2:50:40 PM

Before Chronic Care Management (CCM) was a code, we felt the healthcare system was lacking in care coordination and that someone needed to shed light on the dark spaces (the voids between office visits and transitions in the healthcare system) and help patients make sense of fragmented care. We created CareSync in 2011 to put patients at the center of their care and were already performing chronic care management when CMS announced the code and began reimbursing for it in 2015.

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Topics: CPT code 99490, Medicare, physician fee schedule (PFS), chronic care management (CCM), Travis Bond, medical records, reimbursements, care coordination, physicians & providers, MACRA, CPT code 99487, CPT code 99489

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