Tag: chronic conditions

CMS releases data detailing COVID-19 impact on Medicare beneficiaries

CMS released the first monthly update of data showing the impact on COVID-19 on Medicare beneficiaries. For the first time, American Indian/Alaskan Native Medicare beneficiaries have been included in the data. The data shows that American Indian/Alaskan Native beneficiaries have the second highest rate of COVID-19 related hospitalizations among racial/ethnic groups after Black beneficiaries. Other […]

CMS releases preliminary Medicare COVID-19 snapshot data

CMS released preliminary Medicare COVID-19 snapshot data that focus on Medicare claims. The data show an elevated risk for seniors with underlying health conditions (see related link). Among those hospitalized with COVID-19, “the five most prevalent chronic conditions for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries were: hypertension (79%); hyperlipidemia (60%); chronic kidney disease (50%); anemia (50%) and diabetes (50%),” […]

Transitioning to a chronic care model

Twenty years ago, Dr. Edward Wagner envisioned a new way to better service people with chronic conditions (Improving Chronic Illness Care, 2013). His model meant sweeping changes to traditional office visits and refocused on teamwork, information technology, and new roles; in short, it aimed to transform healthcare. Now with providers taking on more risk, this […]