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Thorough Thoughts

News and insights about medicare's preventive and wellness programs and improving health outcomes for patients.

Earl Hutz

Since May 2017 I've been fortunate to own the role of ThoroughCare's COO, bringing 20+ years of Healthcare IT Operations and Management experience. Aside from a value-based care advocate, I'm also a proud husband and father, a below-average golfer, and a devoted Philadelphia sports fan (but don't hold the latter against me...)

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Chronic Care Management | Coronavirus | COVID-19

Chronic Care Management – More Important Than Ever

By: Earl Hutz
March 22nd, 2020

For many years, supporters of value-based care models have consistently promoted a very simple yet important position: care coordination improves clinical outcomes and increases patient satisfaction. It’s hard to dispute that proactively addressing and managing a person’s physical and mental health can lead to a reduction in unnecessary treatments and hospital admissions, and an increase in that person’s overall quality of life. This is more important when addressing those with chronic complex medical/behavioral issues that put them at risk of death. Never in our wildest dreams could we have realized the tremendous need for care coordination in combating a global outbreak.

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Medicare | Chronic Care Management | Care Coordination | Prevention and Wellness | Quality | RHCs / FQHCs | Behavioral Health

6 Reasons Rural Health Providers Need Chronic Care Management

By: Earl Hutz
May 28th, 2019

Care Coordination and Wellness programs, with goals of improved health, better care and lower costs, continue to expand. Unfortunately, these programs lag behind in many rural communities. But programs like Chronic Care Management (CCM) are tailor-made for the rural population. Here are 6 reasons Rural Health Providers need CCM:

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Medicare | Chronic Care Management | Care Coordination | Prevention and Wellness | Quality | Behavioral Health

Tales of a Medicare Care Coordination Operation – A Financial Case Study

By: Earl Hutz
February 6th, 2019

Physicians and their staff have long been advised of the quality of life improvements afforded through the implementation of care management, wellness and prevention programs for its Medicare patients.  But do they really understand what is to be gained financially?  

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2018 Updates | Product Updates

Data Management Enhancements - Now Available in ThoroughCare

By: Earl Hutz
August 20th, 2018

Application of Medicare’s preventative, wellness and care management programs continue to gain traction throughout the healthcare industry. ThoroughCare’s partners continue to play their part in promoting them, leveraging our software’s capabilities to provide Chronic Care Management, Behavioral Health Intervention, Annual Wellness Visit, care coordination and preventative screening services to an aging population and successfully navigating them down the path to an improved quality of life. While physicians and their staff can sense these improvements through more consistent engagement and healthy dialogue with their patients, how do they really know that their health outcomes are, in fact, improving? Simply put: the proof is in the data.

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