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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Medicare and Chronic Care
- America’s Lifestyle and Related Health Costs
- And Finally, A Story About America’s Eating Habits
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #329, recorded October 28, 2011.
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Medicare and Chronic Care
On July 19 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would address concerns regarding payment for care provided to patients with chronic diseases. CMS was especially interested in addressing this issue for primary care physicians, who are most often responsible for the care and management of patients with these complex health issues.
CMS envisioned that reviewing the valuation for existing evaluation and management (E/M) visits would accomplish this goal. However, numerous national medical specialty societies were concerned that such a limited review would not address the broader objective of rewarding physicians for improved care coordination.
Consequently, the AMA’s CPT® Editorial Panel and the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) created the Chronic Care Coordination Workgroup (C3W) to provide strategic direction to address the adequacy of coding as well as the valuation of care coordination services and management of chronic diseases.
While ensuring that coding and payment systems accommodate care coordination will be a long-term effort, a number of mechanisms are already in place that would allow CMS to begin rewarding such care immediately.
America’s Lifestyle and Related Health Costs
Lifestyle diseases such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cancer and depression are costing the American economy $153 billion per year in lost productivity.
Based on data collected via the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, researchers concluded that chronic health conditions such as obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, asthma, depression and recurring physical pain resulted in 449,847,652 days missed from work… and an estimated productivity loss of $153,398,049,221 per year.
This calculation doesn’t include productivity lost when employees show up at work but are less productive because of their poor health.
As well, the Gallup people didn’t speak with part-time workers.
Previous research which included these factors found that America’s chronic lifestyle diseases cost the nation up to $1.1 trillion per year.
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America’s Eating Habits
Despite fewer super-sized meals, American’s waistlines continue to expand, according to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
According to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers who conducted the study and examined surveys of daily eating habits over a 30-year period, the number of daily meals and snacks consumed by U.S. adults rose to 4.8 in 2006 from 3.8 in 1977.
Many health professionals say that frequent eating in small doses revs up the metabolism and controls hunger, and is a healthier way of eating than three big meals. However, much consideration must also be given to what and how much you eat over the course of the day — not just how often you eat.
Epidemiologists from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio reported data showing that diet soft drink consumption is associated with increased waist circumference in humans, and a second study that found aspartame raised fasting glucose (blood sugar) in diabetes-prone mice.
As always, COTs HealthBeat recommends discussing all Dietary and Nutritional recommendations with your Qualified Healthcare provider.
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.