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Rising Health Costs During Retirement & The Role of Telehealth
Rising healthcare costs are continuing to affect a majority of patients across the country. In particular, the aging population routinely incurs the highest healthcare costs
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6 Statistics You Should Know About Telemedicine
It’s no surprise that telemedicine is gaining popularity in the healthcare industry and now there are statistics to back up the value of these expanding
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Are Your Patients Taking Their Medication Properly?
It is becoming more common that Medicare beneficiaries across the country are skipping their medication or taking them irregularly. Experts cite that this is due
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The Value of CCM: Interview with a Wellbox Care Coordinator
Penny Wilmot sits across from me, all smiles and with a sense of trepidation at being the center of attention as I tell her I
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Evaluating Medicare’s 15-minute Doctor’s Visits: Time for a Change?
In 1992, Medicare made the decision that a typical doctor’s visit length should be 15-minutes. In an attempt to reduce the variability in physician fees,
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Study Shows Strong Doc-Patient Relationships Reduce ED Visits
Last week, a study came out reaffirming what we at Wellbox have long known: Medicare patients who maintain consistent relationships with their physicians have better
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Examining Medicare’s Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model: What You Should Know
This year, a majority of U.S. hospitals are facing readmission penalties for often-preventable reasons, simply because of a lack of insight into how patients are
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Wellbox Patient Stories: Highlighting CCM’s Effectiveness
For this week’s blog post, we decided to spotlight two patient stories where CCM made an actionable difference in an individual’s health and overall wellbeing.
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mHealth Intelligence Spotlights Wellbox Patient Satisfaction Survey
In case you missed it, last week mHealth Intelligence wrote a terrific article discussing our recent Patient Satisfaction Survey related to Medicare’s Chronic Care Management
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Healthcare Spending Rises with Aging Population: CCM is Here to Help
With the push to cut costs and maximize the value of each treatment, the healthcare industry has long been seeking to answer the question: Where
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Changes to CCM, MACRA and Value-Based Care: What You Kneed to Know
For physicians offering Chronic Care Management (CCM) and other Medicare-funded programs, this week saw the announcement of several changes that could influence how patient-centered care
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The Road to VBC: Two Major Events for Medicare Patients & Doctors
The third week of June was an important time for individuals closely following Medicare and its various programs. Two potentially landmark changes were announced that
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Small Independent Practices and MACRA: Forecasting the Future
As healthcare prepares for its upcoming switch to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) payment system and reimbursements based on value-based
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Thriving in Value-Based Care: The Impact of RCM Optimization & Incentive-Laden Programs
We are nearly halfway through 2016 and industry buzz around “Value-Based Care” remains louder than ever. New payment models are rapidly arriving, with both private
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Independence at Home: Medicare’s Return to “Old-Fashioned” House Calls
Medicare officials recently announced that they are returning to the old fashioned idea of medical house calls. CMS is viewing this new experiment, called Independence
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Wall Street Journal Article Calls Attention to Telemedicine Quality
This week, The Wall Street Journal published an article examining the quality of online telemedicine companies, concluding that many of these services do not closely
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The Road to Value-Based Care: A Guide for Primary-Care Physicians
With 2016 underway, “value-based care” has been cemented as the go-to phrase when discussing healthcare IT and the best ways for physicians to use these
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Mental Health Month: Doing Our Part
For those unaware, May is Mental Health Month, marking a 31-day stretch where all Americans are called upon to become advocates– working to raise awareness
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Outsourcing Telehealth for CCM: What You Should Know
A little over a year since its inception, Medicare’s Chronic Care Management program is gaining popularity among physicians and participating patients, with a large amount
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The Value of $8
Every month, telehealth and Medicare’s chronic care management (CCM) program are gaining popularity among patients whose needs extend beyond the four walls of the doctor’s office.
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White House Council to President Obama: Telehealth is Key to Improved Care for Older Americans
With the number of Americans over age 65 set to double by 2050, the use of telehealth will soon be a crucial method for providing
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On the Rise: Survey Shows Telehealth a Top Priority for Healthcare
As we move further into 2016, it’s becoming abundantly clear just how much industry interest is gathering towards telehealth, with particular attention paid to the
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Telehealth Legislation Making Waves in the Sunshine State
After months of deliberation and advocating from multiple parties, it appears that Florida’s policies concerning telehealth ­– and more importantly, reimbursements­ for these services – are
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Telehealth CONNECT Act: What You Need to Know
As any avid follower of telehealth knows, the subject of reimbursements for the proper use of this technology remains heavily contested, with a plethora of
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HIMSS16 Report- Telehealth & EHRs Driving Care Conversation
The Wellbox team was at HIMSS16 this past week, and with another year of healthcare’s biggest HIT conference in the books, it seems prudent to
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American Heart Month: “Telestroke” Services Support Health Initiative
February is American Heart Month, and as heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., many organizations are
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Wellbox to Exhibit CCM Solution at #HIMSS16
We’re excited to announce that we will be attending the upcoming #HIMSS16 Conference held in Las Vegas on February 29-March 4th. If you’re attending, make
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Beating the Elements with Telemedicine
As we progress further into winter, it can only be assumed that the temperatures will continue to drop, snow will build up on the ground,
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The Debate Over Annual Physicals: How Can Telehealth Help?
Do routine checkups still have a place in today’s healthcare industry? An article from USA Today posed that question this week, as the topic has
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Communication Issues: Patients Leaving Hospitals Often Don’t Understand Care Plans
For many patients, especially those with multiple chronic conditions, recognizing simple factors such as a missed medication or expired bandage could be the difference between
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Doc Chat: Survey Shows Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions Benefit from Increased Provider Communication
For patients with multiple chronic conditions, the ability to quickly (and securely) talk to their care providers is a near invaluable resource- as a recent
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Commonwealth Fund Report: We Must Improve Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions
While the healthcare industry’s move to value-based care is well underway, a new report released this month from The Commonwealth Fund suggests that the U.S.
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9/10 Family Physicians Want Telehealth- Time to Pay Them for It
While healthcare payers are still warming to the idea of telehealth, a recently released survey from Anthem Health and the AAFP suggests that a large
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Study Shows Rural Residents at Risk for Chronic Disease: CCM & Telehealth Are Here to Help
While primary care physicians continue to improve the treatment of elderly patients in the U.S., there is still room to use health information technologies to
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Two Wins for Telehealth – One Bigger Win for Patients
The days of telehealth being known as a “luxury” service are fast coming to an end. With the advent of Medicare’s Chronic Care Management Program
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Avoid or Embrace CCM? Physicians With Broader View See Clear Choice
Word about Medicare’s Chronic Care Management Program is quickly growing. It seems like each day another article is published discussing the benefits for primary-care physicians
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Wellbox featured in HIStalk!
Everyone’s talking about Medicare’s Chronic Care Management Program, but do you know what requirements are needed to adhere to its guidelines and get reimbursed for
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Gamechanger: Chronic Care Management
You’re already managing your patients’ chronic conditions. Time to get paid for it. Well, I’ve got good news. First: as you are no doubt a
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