New CMS Initiative Aims to Boost Coordination

Posted by Cordata Health

July 19, 2017 at 3:21 PM

This past March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative to increase awareness of its program focused on care coordination. Called Connected Care, the program aims to increase the number of providers billing for coordinated care services. Coordination improves outcomes for those with chronic conditions. Naturally, incentives to provide these services should increase their adoption and lead to more effective coordination and, ultimately, better outcomes.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Chronic Care, Value-Based Care, CMS, Patient Outcomes

Patients Who Self-Report Symptoms Live Longer

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

June 20, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Physician: "How have you been feeling this week?"
Patient: "I was pretty sick – vomiting a lot. Not sure if it was one of the meds I am on or not."
Physician: “Why didn’t you call? We could have perhaps called in a prescription to help you or changed your meds.”
Patient: “Well, I didn’t want to bother you.”

This is a sample conversation like one that Dr. Ethan Basch, who is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UNC, alluded to in a recent podcast. Many physicians regularly face similar situations because patients feel uncomfortable self-reporting symptoms associated with diseases and treatment.

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Topics: patient satisfaction, oncology, Cancer Management, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Patient Outcomes

Survivorship Can Be Harder than Treatment -  Honoring Survivors Throughout Their Lives

Posted by Cordata Health

June 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM

National Cancer Survivors Day

June 4th was National Cancer Survivors Day and at Cordata we want to recognize all of the hard work that care coordinators, nurse navigators, care managers and providers do to help survivors figure out what to do "now" – at the end of active treatment. So many patients get so comfortable with their close relationships with their care team that they are unsure about life on their own as a survivor. It is both exciting and scary.

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Topics: Cancer Management

A Quick Overview of Value-Based Care and Payment Models in Cancer Care

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

May 9, 2017 at 3:24 PM

MACRA. MIPS. APMS. Value-based care. All of these topics can certainly be confusing. Still, CEOs and physicians face largely the same problem: balancing the requirements for so many different fee structures. Fee-for-service and alternative payment models (APMs) will exist simultaneously for quite some time under MACRA. And then there are the merit-based incentive payment systems (MIPS).

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Topics: Cancer Management, Navigation & Care Coordination, Payment Models, Value-Based Care, MACRA

Survey: Quality Coordination Begins with Primary Care

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

April 27, 2017 at 12:17 PM

Strong patient-physician relationships form the core of quality care coordination. But many people lack access to this type of care, even in high-income countries with strong healthcare systems. A recent survey conducted by The Commonwealth Fund found that out of a population sample from 11 high-income countries, 5.2% of all respondents reported poor care coordination. And in the United States, that percentage was nearly double, at 9.8%.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination

What is Specialty Care Coordination? And Why Is It Important to the C-Suite?

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

April 19, 2017 at 11:43 AM

Despite the ample evidence in favor of coordinated care’s impact on positive patient outcomes, many C-suite leaders see implementing care coordination services as a risky move. This often boils down to financial worries, as well as unclear understanding of the potential cost–benefit ratio. Yet as the industry moves further toward a value-based ecosystem, executives need to realize that care coordination is actually a driver of higher quality and lower cost care.

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Topics: ROI, Navigation & Care Coordination, Value-Based Care, Patient Outcomes

Patient Engagement Tools: Overcoming Barriers & Improving Outcomes

Posted by Cordata Health

April 14, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Patient Engagement Tools

Does every patient engagement tool improve outcomes? That’s the question that many providers have been asking as engagement has gained traction in the health care industry. Even some of the biggest names in health technology are getting on board.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Technology, Patient Engagement

Oncology Medical Home Accreditation Update: Two Years In

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

April 10, 2017 at 9:45 AM

CoC Oncology Medical Home Logo

In 2015, we blogged about the Oncology Medical Home (OMH) Pilot Program kicking off at the Commission on Cancer (CoC). After two years, we thought it would be a great time for an update on what has been going on!

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Topics: CoC, OMH

Why Care Coordination is Crucial for Spinal Care

Posted by Cordata Health

April 3, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Spine Care Coordination

Spinal patients are some of those most in need of coordinated care. Yet spinal care is notoriously fractured and can be quite frustrating to navigate – and people are taking notice. Patrick Vega, M.S., Vice President, Corazon, Inc., recently authored a guest blog post for Becker’s Spine Review highlighting the need for improved spinal patient navigation.

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Topics: Spine, Navigation & Care Coordination

Oncology Quality Measures: Implement the Right Cancer Dashboard

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

March 21, 2017 at 6:10 PM

The business of oncology measures (or metrics) can be a complicated one, however your organizations refer to them. Building internal cancer quality dashboards is often a confusing process. How do you know which factors you should be measuring, monitoring and sharing? Which information systems can provide real-time data? And what if that data needs to be aggregated from a few different systems to get a complete data set? 

Those are all great questions. Here’s another one: where do you start when trying to implement (or improve) your measurements?

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Topics: oncology, Reporting/Analytics, Certification & Accreditation