As the accountable care era looms, cardiovascular leaders are ever-more focused on improving the long term care of chronically ill patients, including those with heart failure. While the Roundtable has demonstrated that aggressive care management programs have proved successful in bolstering outcomes for these patients, many rural providers find the frequent office visits necessary for such programs to be difficult if not impossible for their patients. Consequently, progressive programs have moved to telemedicine solutions in an attempt to provide effective care management despite limited encounters within the health system. One such facility, Flagstaff Medical Center, recently shared the details of their program with the Roundtable in an interview.
Limiting readmissions using only a smartphone
Brian Maher, MPH
This week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of the“Millions Hearts” Initiative - a collaborative program to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes across the next 5 years through clinical- and community-based prevention strategies. Lauded by many, the initiative sets an ambitious goal that will require a concerted and well-coordinated effort on the part of various stakeholders, including patients and providers, to achieve success.
CDC, CMS Launch The "Million Hearts" Initiative
In case you missed it, CMS released the details of the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement program on Tuesday. Reported first in yesterday's Daily Briefing, our Chief Research Officer, Chas Roades, provides his early analysis of the program and what it will mean for hospitals interested in participating.
Initial thoughts on the CMS bundling program