Medicare Studies by IHM
During 2017-2018, IHM will be conducting several pilot studies regarding Medicare’s Preventive Services, including the Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) and the Welcome to Medicare Visit (IPPE). Depending on your clinic classification, you may be eligible to participate in one of these studies.
Participants will receive training and support in Medicare preventive services, billing, quality measures, patient outreach materials, plus e-AWV software to perform AWVs and IPPEs.
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Rural Health Centers (RHCs) are faced with unique challenges and benefits created by the federal laws and policies that regulate their existence. Innovative Health Media, LLC (IHM) recognizes these unique challenges and wants to learn how we can best assist the RHCs in their mission. Through our Medicare pilot study, we will endeavor to assist Rural Health Centers with implementing Medicare’s Preventive Services in the most efficient and effective ways possible.
The 2017-18 RHC pilot project will focus on the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) and Welcome to Medicare Visits (IPPE). Our objective will be to determine if conducting the IPPE and AWV properly (with training, workflow advice and software supports), RHCs will improve patient outcomes, quality measures and revenues.
Small provider owned clinics are quickly becoming less and less common. Those who have not merged with larger organizations can find themselves challenged to keep up with the swiftly changing landscape, especially regarding new legislation such as the Affordable Care Act and MACRA/MIPS.
One of the most challenging aspects of MACRA/MIPS is conducting Medicare’s new preventive services such as the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) and Welcome to Medicare Visits (IPPE) within the guidelines specified by laws and regulations. Beginning in 2017, IHM will be conducting a pilot project in small clinics with up to 6 providers to study how best to help them integrate these and other Medicare preventive services in order to improve their outcomes, quality measures, and revenue.
IHM is continuing its Pilot projects for FQHCs by expanding our offerings to at least 2 FQHC’s in 2017-2018. Our initial FQHC pilot at a Northwestern Missouri FQHC was very successful and is now in the process of adding additional wellness services to the original IPPE/AWVs that were offered in 2016-17.
For more information on how you can qualify to participate in the FQHC pilot project, please fill out the request form below.
In 2014-15, IHM completed a project in HUD Senior Living housing in the Kansas City area. This was a successful, but limited test to determine the effectiveness of performing AWVs at the housing facility, offering health literacy classes, and additional supports for residents. IHM is seeking partners to widen the scope of this project to a larger area. Partners must be willing to see the patients in the housing facilities to complete their AWVs and have staff available to lead health literacy classes on a variety of topics. If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact us at: HUDProject@informthepatient.com