Multiple Chronic Conditions Blog

President Donald Trump has declared a National Emergency on the Opioid Epidemic

President Donald Trump has declared a National Emergency on the Opioid Epidemic. Come on, America we need to lift the veil of silence and really drill down to the origin that perpetuates this national emergency. Prescribers and all health care professionals should undergo annual continuing education on safe and effective non-cancer pain management, based on the current science.

Value-Based Health Care is Here to Stay

Despite the rhetoric that the media portrays, value-based health care is here to stay and demonstrating significant savings for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Focus on Hurricane Harvey: Professional Resources

Due to the crisis in South Texas, the Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center is disseminating professional resources to support the health and well-being for those who are affected and up-rooted from Hurricane Harvey.

A Third of American Adults are Unaware

On July 18th, 2017 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released The National Diabetes Statistics Report, which revealed over 100 million U.S. adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes.

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Chronic Care Management – Reimbursement Incentives

Chronic Care Management – Reimbursement Incentives

Currently, 7 out of 10 Medicare Beneficiaries are living with more than two chronic conditions, or multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and accounts for 86% of Medicare spending. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), encourages primary care providers to utilize the Chronic Care Management reimbursement codes and participate in…

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

7 out of 10 Americans are dying from Chronic Conditions – accounting for 86% of U.S. health care spending.

Direct Links and Clinical Resources: to Manage Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions

Decline in US Life Expectancy – First Time in 2 Decades

For the first time, since 1993 life expectancy in the U.S. has declined. Per new government research, life expectancy from birth is 78.8 years for the overall American. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported the 2015 rates of death increased for health disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unintentional injuries (drug-overdose, motor vehicle accidents and medical mistakes), stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease and suicide.

US Opioid Crisis and Current Legislation

The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC, 2016) Report overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and increase in opioid analgesic sales. From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the U.S. from prescription opioid overdoses.

2017 The Year Of Transition

Donald Trump’s election as President and Republicans controlling the Senate and the House predict that some type of congressional action with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will occur. Unlike the ACA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will NOT undergo significant legislative changes – since this bipartisan legislation passed in the Senate in April with a vote of 92 to 8.