Caravan Health’s Medical Director of ACO Programs, Dr. John Findley, will lead a panel discussion that highlights key strategies and steps to consider as health systems prepare for a phased reopening of surgical and other service lines.
In the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule , CMS emphasized the importance of increasing utilization of Transitional Care Management (TCM) services for Medicare beneficiaries. TCM is a service that provides care management to patients who are discharging from an acute care stay to their home or residence.
Caravan Health continues to advocate to let rural hospitals fully participate in loan programs to help small businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week we sent a letter, co-signed by 8 of our rural health system partners, urging the Treasury Secretary and SBA Administrator to change affiliate rules that keep some rural hospitals out of loan programs.
On Thursday, April 30, CMS issued a second round of significant changes to the MSSP in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These updates include a pause on risk advancement, an elimination of the 2021 application cycle, and updated payment methodologies.
In recognition of Nurses Week, Caravan Health acknowledges the efforts, dedication, and sacrifices that are made on our behalf every hour of every day by nurses. It is rare to meet a nurse who fell into the role by happenstance. Rather, a career in nursing is for most, an ambition they not only had, but also felt, years before joining the profession.
On Thursday April 30, CMS released a second round of extensive regulatory changes and waivers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This latest interim final rule builds on the first CMS COVID-19 interim rule from late March and provides a much more comprehensive plan for Shared Savings Program ACO relief as providers face the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. In making these changes, CMS is acknowledging the real risk of the pandemic on the future of ACOs and is appropriately taking urgent action.
The COVID pandemic has disrupted many norms, including the need to temporarily close the traditional front door to primary care. However, the long-running, firmly established relationship of trust between patient and primary care physician remains strong and may be more important than ever.
Dr. John Findley, Medical Director of ACO Programs with Caravan Health, hosted a webinar to discuss protecting vulnerable patients with proactive outreach during the pandemic. Dr. Findley’s stated goal was to shine a light on the importance of active outreach to at-risk individuals and engage them in new care path options.
On April 21, Dr. Anna Loengard, Chief Medical Officer with Caravan Health, hosted a COVID-19 educational webinar to share the anticipated clarification from CMS regarding telehealth flexibilities for rural health care clinics and federally qualified health centers.