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What’s In A CCM Program: Elements, Benefits, and Starting Your Own

By: Russ Godek
May 11th, 2020

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to provide ongoing treatment for your patients between office visits and be reimbursed while doing so? Chronic Care Management (CCM) allows health care providers to do just that.

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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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Chronic Care Management | Coronavirus | COVID-19

COVID-19: Answering CCM Patients’ Questions

By: Patti Russ, CNP
March 19th, 2020

During this difficult time, those calling Chronic Care Management (CCM) patients are frequently being asked questions about the current coronavirus outbreak – what are the symptoms? Can I go to the store? Should I be tested? etc. Because COVID-19 is caused by a new virus, what we need to know changes daily as knowledge increases about the virus’s effects.

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Chronic Care Management | Product Updates | 2019 Updates

CMS releases proposed policy changes for 2020

By: Daniel Godla
July 30th, 2019

On July 29, 2019, CMS released their proposed changes for next year, 2020.   We read the 1,700 page document so you don't have to.  Here's our take on the changes:  Overall there are some great new rules that we think our practices will really like.

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Chronic Care Management

CCM for Rural Health Clinics (Updates & Trends)

By: Daniel Godla
May 28th, 2019

The ThoroughCare team was excited to attend the conference of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) in San Antonio Texas last spring. The conference represented over 400 participants from Rural Health Clinics across the United States. We noticed 

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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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