292019Apr

Health Partners Best Practice: 90-Day Prescriptions

Did you know that an estimated one out of every 10 instances of medication non-adherence is due to patients being late to pick up their monthly refill? This can lead to a decreased effectiveness of treatment, and ultimately worse health outcomes. An easy way to reduce the risk of adverse medical events associated with non-adherence…

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292019Apr

Improving Diabetes Management Through Teamwork

Diabetes is a complex disease that, although marked by high blood glucose levels, affects the entire body. Left unmanaged, diabetes can lead to serious complications, including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, blindness, kidney disease, diseases of the nervous system, amputations and premature death. An important part of managing diabetes is screening for diabetic kidney disease, or…

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292019Mar

Four Things to Know about Colorectal Cancer

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Kentucky consistently ranks among the worst in colon cancer screenings and rates, but did you know that patients can modify their own risks for colon cancer and there are multiple screening alternatives to colonoscopies? Frederick Hardin, MD, KentuckyOne Health Gastroenterology Associates shares four things providers need to know about colorectal cancer. The…

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292019Mar

Darryl Kaelin, MD, Receives BIAK Physician’s Award

The Brain Injury Aliance of Kentuckiana (BIAK) recently recognized Darryl Kaelin, M.D. with their Physician’s Award. This new award recognizes the achievements of local physicians for outstanding work with persons who have a brain injury or brain tumor. The organization unanimously selected Dr. Kaelin for his work with the Emerge Program and his continued support…

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292019Mar

Reach Out to Your Helping Hand in Diabetes Management

The rate of Kentuckians with diabetes or prediabetes is quickly growing. With a nearly 200 percent increase in prevalence from 2006 to 2016 and no sign of the trend ending, demands on providers to help their patients navigate the disease will also continue to grow. What you might not know is that employees and dependents…

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292019Mar

ACO Re-Enters Medicare Shared Savings Program in July

After a short hiatus in 2018, CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners (Health Partners) anticipates a July restart in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), which will allow the organization to continue its work to accelerate better health, better care, better experience, and lower costs for Medicare beneficiaries. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) like Health Partners coordinate…

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12019Mar

Statin Use for Diabetics: 4 Reasons Why

The American College of Cardiology now recommends that all diabetics age 45-75 use statins, and most payers measure and reward providers for prescribing statins to diabetic patients. Harold Dennis, PA, CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Cardiology shares why use by diabetics is beneficial and tips for patients who are not able to tolerate statins. The…

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12019Mar

Persistent Condition Validation: Yes, You Must Document Every Year

Did you know that every January, Medicare and Medicaid clear the risk adjustment slate for your patients? That means, they consider your patients completely healthy until new diagnosis codes are reported on claims. For that reason, providers must document the persistent conditions of patients, such as diabetes, chronic kidney disease, congestive heart failure, COPD, malignant…

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252019Jan

Ten Medical Group Offices Selected for Pilot Call Me First Program

CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners, CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group and KentuckyOne Health Medical Group – Louisville Region are collaborating on a new campaign to reduce potentially avoidable emergency room visits within our patient population, helping patients receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place. Ten provider offices have been…

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252019Jan

Change in Mindset Helps Berea Provider Tackle Care Gaps

As the team in Dr. Jessica Pennington’s office reviewed their care gaps list in mid-2018, they got to work reaching out and trying to get patients scheduled for needed tests and exams. Their effort was frustrating and not yielding results. But once they changed their mindset, they experienced an amazing turn-around. Dr. Pennington and Office…

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