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

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: medical records, chronic care management (CCM), Medicare, CareSync Care Plans, reimbursements, MACRA, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CPT code 99490, 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: Travis Bond, chronic care management (CCM), Medicare, reimbursements, physicians & providers, MACRA, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), physician fee schedule (PFS)

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

What Are You Doing to Prepare for MACRA?

Posted by The CareSync Team

Jul 5, 2016 3:41:28 PM

The latest Chronic Care Management (CCM) infographic from CareSync (use this link to download or see below) highlights how implementing CCM means more than adding recurring revenue for you and better care for your patients. It can also significantly impact your MIPS CPS under MACRA.*

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Topics: chronic care management (CCM), care coordination, reimbursements, physicians & providers, MACRA, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CPT code 99490, infographics

Current and Future Trends in CCM

Posted by The CareSync Team

May 26, 2016 9:16:21 AM

One-on-One with Amy Gleason: Part 3

In part 3 of a special series, Amy Gleason, RN, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of CareSync, and Mark Nalywajko, VP of Client Solutions at CareSync, discuss the evolution of Chronic Care Management (CCM) since January 2015. What lessons have been learned and where do we think the future of CCM is headed?

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

From Disbelief to Dawning Reality: The Four-Stage Journey Providers Took Toward Embracing Code 99490

Posted by Travis Bond

May 10, 2016 11:29:24 AM

Stacey Richter, host of the popular podcast Relentless Health Value, recently referred to the first year of experience working with CPT Code 99490 as a four-stage process for providers: Disbelief, Shangri-La, Anger, and then Dawning Reality. While this critical time period certainly saw its share of ups and downs, what we learned along the way has been a real eye-opener, especially for those who embraced or are about to embrace the final stage.

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Topics: Travis Bond, chronic care management (CCM), Medicare, care coordination, reimbursements, physicians & providers, MACRA, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CPT code 99490, physician fee schedule (PFS)

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)

Lessons Learned in Year 1 of Chronic Care Management

Posted by Travis Bond

Nov 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

We always love the opportunity to talk about CCM with smart people. That’s why we were incredibly excited when Kareo invited us to host a CCM-focused #KareoChat last week, specifically, around what we’ve learned now that we’re most of the way through the first year of CPT Code 99490.

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Topics: Travis Bond, chronic care management (CCM), reimbursements, CPT code 99490, CareSync company updates

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