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June 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Medicare study: Home-based care saves millions
Medicare announced that it saved more than $25 million in the first-year of a three-year study “to determine the value of home-based primary care for frail seniors with multiple chronic illnesses.” The “Independent at Home” project offers home-based primary care, instead of “pricier hospital or emergency room care,” to some 8,400 frail seniors with multiple chronic conditions. First-year results show that the project saved an average of $3,070 per participating beneficiary.

The results are no surprise to us at Commonwealth Care Alliance, where providing care in the home is central to our model.

BlueCross Foundation report on behavioral health policy
The BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts Foundation has issued a report looking at weaknesses in our behavioral health system and offering recommendations for improvement. The report calls for “(f)ixing payment policies around integrating behavioral health services with other medical services; (d)eveloping a universal provider consent form to streamline the consent process among all types of providers, and (I)ntegrating medical records between mental health and physical health providers in the interest of communication about patients’ medical history.”

Diabetes apps work, but which work best?
Mobile phone applications or “apps” have been shown to improve self-management of diabetes, but, with some 1,200 diabetes apps available, diabetics are confused as to which one to use. An article on the Washington Post recommends that users download apps that focus on their major area of concern (e.g., glucose monitoring, weight control). The article also presents a list of recommended diabetes apps.

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