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Read Time: 4 minutes Perhaps not surprisingly, a healthy heart is a key factor in maintaining overall good health. As we age, taking care of our hearts becomes increasingly important. But what are the most important things we can do to keep our hearts healthy? These easy-to-follow nutrition and activity tips are tailored for people aged 65 and older… Continue reading Keep Your Heart Healthy as You Age
Read Time: 4 minutes Deciding to prioritize your health is an essential step, especially as we grow older. For Medicare-eligible beneficiaries, taking care of our well-being becomes even more crucial. But sticking to health goals can sometimes feel like a challenging journey. The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone. Having a team by your… Continue reading How a Care Team Can Help Make Your Health Goals Stick
Read Time: 3 minutes You’ve probably heard the popular saying, “with age comes wisdom.” But have you heard the much less popular saying, “with age comes chronic aches and pains that won’t go away?” It should come as no surprise that chronic pain increases as you get older. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study found that nearly 53% of… Continue reading Do you have chronic pain? Find options to help.
Read Time: 4 minutes With its pretty snowflakes, festive holidays and plenty of opportunity for cozy comfort at home, winter can be a magical time. However, harsh weather conditions, seasonal illness and a higher potential for isolation can also make winter a tough time of year for a lot of people. As temperatures drop, there’s no time like the… Continue reading Tips to help you stay safe and healthy this winter
Read Time: 6 minutes By Hymin Zucker, Executive Vice President of Clinical Services If you’re a healthcare provider, then you’ve worked with patients who just can’t seem to follow their course of treatment—month after month, year after year. Their health declines. They might even stop showing up for appointments. It’s frustrating because you care. What we often don’t realize… Continue reading Improve Patient Outcomes by Supporting Their Health Literacy
Read Time: 5 minutes As the U.S. population ages and healthcare costs increase, Medicare spending is projected to rise from 10% of total federal spending in 2021 to 18% in 2032. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for new ways to improve care while managing costs. As part of the CMS long-term strategy, they want… Continue reading How the ACO REACH Model Can Maximize Provider Profits
Read Time: 4 minutes As healthcare costs continue to increase and the population ages, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) looks for new ways to improve healthcare. They’re ready to shake up the current fee-for-service healthcare model to a more sustainable model that provides better results. This transactional model requires providers to focus on getting patients through the… Continue reading How ACO REACH sets providers up for financial and quality-care success
Read Time: 4 minutes As a healthcare provider, you’ve seen the benefits of experimental models, value-based care and artificial intelligence to your practice and your patients. But communicating those benefits to your patients can be a different story. Here’s how you can discuss these different care models and tools with your patients. Why the ACO REACH model is better… Continue reading How to talk to patients about value-based care
Read Time: 3 minutes Nobody likes to be caught off guard by a health condition, but the signs of illness aren’t always obvious, and health scares have a way of sneaking up on us. Many of these illnesses can become chronic conditions that might feel scary and overwhelming. If you deal with a chronic condition, know that you’re not… Continue reading Don’t let chronic illness catch you by surprise
Read Time: 3 minutes The holiday season is upon us, which means parties, food and family. But all that extra cheer can lead to an expanding budget and waistline. Check out five tips for a healthy and affordable holiday. 1. Get creative when it comes to gift giving If you’ve seen an increase in the price of just about… Continue reading Five Tips to Have an Affordable and Healthy Holiday Season
Read Time: 5 minutes By Dr. Abigail Barrera, M.D. FAAFP, Total Family Health Care I’m a general practitioner who cares for patients of all ages. For more than 20 years, I’ve watched the patients at my San Antonio, Texas, family practice go from adults in their 20s and 30s to grandparents who are now eligible for Medicare benefits. As… Continue reading How ilumed Helps Make this Veteran Value-Based Provider’s Job Easier
Read Time: 4 minutes The ACO REACH model helps primary care re-establish itself as the lifeblood of the healthcare system, but ACO REACH isn’t just for primary care providers (PCPs). I’ll explain why ilumed, as an ACO REACH organization, is the connective tissue between PCPs, specialists, clinics and in-patient facilities and why these other provider types should join the… Continue reading What specialists, clinics and in-patient facilities need to know about ACO REACH
Read Time: 4 minutes Providers know all too well that the healthcare system in its current form is broken. Burnout and consolidations, along with an aging population with increasing needs, are driving a mass healthcare-worker exodus. And one study predicts that a whopping 75% of healthcare workers will leave the industry by 2025. It’s time to heal healthcare from… Continue reading Why and how ACO REACH can transform primary care.
Read Time: 3 minutes Health also includes mental health When you think of your health, do you think only about your body? What about your mind? As it turns out, health is a combination of how your body and mind work together. Mental health conditions can include depression, anxiety, dementia, bipolar disorder and more. If you’ve experienced a mental… Continue reading Mind over matter: how mental health can affect your physical health
Read Time: 3 minutes Have you ever heard the expression, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” While it might just sound like another old-fashioned saying, it can often be true. One of the most important things you can do to protect your health, along with the health of your family, is to take preventive measures… Continue reading Help boost your chances of better health with vaccines
Read Time: 4 minutes Our healthcare system is sick. Patients suffer from chronic diseases that burden their quality of life, challenge providers’ impact and raise costs. Three of the most common chronic diseases for Medicare beneficiaries—heart disease, diabetes and arthritis—are also the most expensive for payers. Our reactive rather than proactive approach to healthcare in America further exacerbates these… Continue reading Why this simple change could revolutionize primary care for the better
Read Time: 3 minutes You already know that eating good food can help you feel your best, but you might not know just how important good nutrition is to your overall health. Poor diets have been linked to health risks such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even certain types of cancer. It’s essential to give your body… Continue reading Stay Healthy and Save Money with These Four Grocery-Shopping Tips
Read Time: 3 minutes “Age is nothing but a number.” “You’re only as old as you feel.” “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” Chances are, you’ve heard at least one of these sayings before, but did you ever stop and think that there just might be some truth behind them? In our age-obsessed culture, it can… Continue reading Forever Young: How a Positive Outlook on Aging Can Benefit You
Read Time: 2 minutes Want a Good Life? Improve Your Healthspan. Health plays a huge role in how much we enjoy our lives. We often measure someone’s life by how long they live, but their healthspan is a better measurement of their quality of life. What is healthspan? When we talk about someone’s life, we usually talk about their… Continue reading Discover the five healthy habits that can improve your healthspan.
Read Time: 3 minutes Healthcare is a team sport. It takes a group of people working together to make positive change. That’s the intention behind the new ACO REACH model, an effort to promote innovative healthcare delivery to underserved Medicare communities. At ilumed, we’re proud to be one of the few select organizations chosen to participate in this new… Continue reading How this patient advocate helps ilumed boost health equity
Read Time: 2 minutes You may know the basic health tips—get plenty of sleep, eat well, exercise regularly—but did you know friends are just as important? It’s true, the quality of your social life and relationships can play a big part in your health. While we’re reminded to maintain our physical health, we rarely do check-ups on our social… Continue reading How Social Connection Can Improve Your Health
Read Time: 3 minutes We’ve all been there: one month into the new year and the resolutions we made to get and stay healthy have fallen by the wayside. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. A whopping 91% of New Year’s resolutions fail. This year, strive to be the 9%. But how can we make our health goals… Continue reading It’s not too late: Stick to your 2023 health goals with these tips
Read Time: 3 minutes Your heart plays a key role in your health. It’s your body’s hardest-working muscle and will beat more than three billion times in your lifetime. We’ll help you understand why your heart health is so important to your overall health, risk factors and how your ACO REACH provider can help you live heart-healthy. Let’s dive… Continue reading What You Need to Know About Your Heart Health
Read Time: 6 minutes By: Debbie Finnel, Chief Operating Officer The Direct Contracting Entity model first came under fire in early 2022. Since then, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided to replace the DCE model with the ACO REACH model beginning January 1, 2023. The new ACO REACH model fosters health equity, puts providers in… Continue reading ACO REACH Myth Busters
Read Time: 4 minutes By: Stephanie Higginbotham, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services Most healthcare providers get into the profession because they have a calling to help. That’s a big part of my story as a registered nurse, but it’s not the full story. When I decided to go back to school, I was married with a family and… Continue reading How ilumed’s Population-Health Approach Can Heal Healthcare
Read Time: 4 minutes By: Bill Lane, Executive Vice President of Network Development and Global Risk Contracting For more than a decade, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has tested and refined alternative-payment models in Medicare. CMS continually strives to improve these models to achieve better health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries and reduce healthcare cost expenditures while… Continue reading Why ACO REACH is the best alternative-payment model in Medicare
Read Time: 5 minutes By: Philip Middleton, Vice President of Social Determinants of Health It’s no secret that inflation has been rough for all of us, but it’s hit those on low and fixed incomes the hardest. As prices rise for food, housing, energy and more, the most vulnerable are forced to make dangerous tradeoffs that negatively impact their… Continue reading Inflation Takes a Toll on Social Determinants of Health.
Read Time: 3 minutes By Jorge Rodriguez, Chief Information Officer As healthcare continues to evolve, so does the role technology plays in helping providers make the best decisions for their patients. A big part of healthcare technology is delivering as much patient data to a provider as possible. BrainStream is the next step in the evolution of electronic medical… Continue reading The Next Step in the Evolution of Health Technology
Read Time: 4 minutes What inspired you to pursue a career in healthcare in the first place? For many providers, helping people be healthier is what ignited their passion and drives them to this day. If you feel this way, congratulations—you already have what it takes to succeed as a provider in the ACO REACH model. However, that doesn’t… Continue reading What Does it Take for a Provider to Succeed in the ACO REACH Model?
Read Time: 3 minutes By Frank Richter, Chief Financial Officer The future of healthcare is all about data. Insights from patient data analytics used in the ACO REACH care model can not only be used to pinpoint issues that may currently be causing a patient to experience hardships but also help providers prevent these patients from future catastrophic incidents… Continue reading The Nitty Gritty on Patient Data Analytics
Read Time: 4 minutes How can providers support patients between appointments? We’re not telling you anything you don’t already know, but what happens to your patients outside the exam room is just as important as what happens inside it. Each day, you see firsthand how loneliness and isolation can negatively impact your patients’ physical and mental health. You encounter… Continue reading Is Healing Medicare the Key to Health Equity?
Read Time: 3 minutes By Brent Hood, Chief Operating Officer A changing healthcare landscape demands a new operational model. Ilumed can help your practice prep for the future. Healthcare delivery for Medicare beneficiaries is at a crossroads. The traditional fee-for-service model burdens beneficiaries with navigating a complex system and increasingly complex health needs. The Medicare Advantage model puts process… Continue reading How ilumed Helps Transform Provider Practices for the Better
Read Time: 6 minutes You know your patients. You strive to give them the best care possible. However, the current fragmented nature of the healthcare system often works against you rather than for you. It needs innovation. Enter ilumed. We create simple solutions for a complex industry with the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Access, Equity and Community Health (ACO… Continue reading Healing the Whole Person: How ACO REACH Can Boost Your Practice
Read Time: 4 minutes By Debbie Finnel, Chief Executive Officer The current Medicare healthcare system is broken. It incentivizes the wrong actions. It benefits those looking to make a profit while it bulldozes over the people it purports to care for. The current system does not benefit taxpayers, beneficiaries, or healthcare providers. Some say fee-for-service (FFS) care is the… Continue reading What People Get Wrong About Healing Medicare
Read Time: 4 minutes By Dr. David Priscal, Chief Medical Officer We’re at a crossroads in Medicare. Physicians and nurses are burnt out. Patients are sicker. Costs have skyrocketed. But there’s hope. We can heal Medicare with innovation. Let me explain how. Strategy #1: Re-establish the primacy of primary care The U.S. has one of the finest emergency systems… Continue reading Six Strategies for Healing Medicare from a Doctor Who Knows the System Inside and Out
Read Time: 4 minutes On our weekly Monday morning team call someone mentioned going on vacation when someone else jokingly said “it must be nice to have time to get away”. As a new DCE it feels like we are creating everything from scratch, so time is indeed precious, yet we all need to get away to recharge so… Continue reading 5 time-management tactics to help you enjoy more of your summer
Read Time: 5 minutes When contracting with a healthcare provider, one of the keys to success is building a credible relationship with the provider and their team. Many organizations will have a provider support representative, or a Provider Rep, assigned to manage the participating provider’s account. This individual will build and nourish the relationship with the provider over time. … Continue reading Participating Providers and the ACO REACH Model: Building and Nourishing Relationships
Read Time: 2 minutes By: Debbie Finnel, Chief Executive Officer Why is knowing your patient’s learning style so important? Think about your own learning victories and learning struggles. Are you a visual learner or maybe your someone who can translate verbal instructions into understanding? For me I’ve always learned quicker when I had visual aids. I was recently at… Continue reading Knowing Your Patient’s Learning Style