Speaking of Billing…

One of the great presentations at Head for the Hills 2015 was Curbside Consults, Warm Handoffs, Team Meetings: How to Define and Discuss Billing and Coding Practices

Led by Joel Hornberger, MHA and J. David Bull, PsyD of Cherokee Health Systems, the session focused of the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of integrated care.  It noted:

Integration is a means to an end…

  • Improve the health of a population
  • Reduce healthcare disparities
  • Improve access
  • Focus on wellness and prevention
  • Patient centered care
  • Evidence based clinical and program decision making

The session also reviewed the financial aspect of integrated care, looking at how costs can be balanced with revenue.

So if you want,

“The care that results from a practice team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for a defined population”

Look into integrated care today!

 

Save the Date!

Are you a medical resident?

Are you working in or for rural Southwest Virginia (or surrounding areas)?

Then mark off April 22nd on your calendar and plan to be at the Second Rural Residents Research Symposium!

This is a day for residents to present original research (not case studies) regarding topics of interest to rural primary care docs and their peers.

Slots at the Rural Residents Research Symposium are 30-45 minutes long; anyone interested in presenting must meet the criteria of rural focus and should apply through their residency coordinator.

A limit of two applications per residency program will be accepted with a total of 10 presentations.  The top two presentations will be invited to speak at the 2016 Head for the Hills event in October.

For questions, contact GMEC Director Wendy Welch at wow6n@uvawise.edu

More information coming soon!

 

WIC Works

At Head for the Hills 2015, Jessica Arney MS, RD, LD provided an overview of the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program.

Her WIC Works presentation included:

  • the immediate benefits of nutrition education, counseling, supplemental foods and breastfeeding support.
  • long term positive health outcomes associated with participation in the program
  • the differences between WIC and SNAP

There were also resources such as Health Bites, so contact your local health department and have WIC Work for your patients!

REVIVE!

Virginia has been severely impacted by opioid abuse, particularly the abuse of prescription drugs. In 2013, 386 individuals died from the abuse of FHMO, an increase of 1,578%, with fentanyl being the primary substance fueling this increase.  In 2013, drug-related deaths happened at a higher per capita level (11.0 deaths per 100,000) than motor vehicle crashes (10.1 per 100,000).

REVIVE! is the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (ONE) program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. REVIVE! provides training to professionals, stakeholders, and others on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone (Narcan ®).

At Head for the Hills, Dr. Hughes Melton provided an overview of the REVIVE! program. This allowed the participants to:

  • Understand the REVIVE! program, including lay administration of naloxone, protection from civil liability, and the safe reporting of overdoses law
  • Understand how opioid overdose emergencies happen and how to recognize them
  • Understand how naloxone works
  • Identify risk factors that may make someone more susceptible to an opioid overdose emergency
  • Dispel common myths about how to reverse an opioid overdose
  • Learn how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone

Additional information about REVIVE! and opioid abuse in Virginia can be found on the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services website.

 

ADHD

Media headlines are full of ADHD information.  Recent examples include:

  • —“Study finds 17% of college students misuse ADHD drugs”
  • —“ADHD Medications Don’t Lead To Drug Or Alcohol Abuse”
  • —“Children with ADHD more likely to have eating disorder”
  • —“Is the Internet giving us all ADHD?”

ADHD

One of the great presentations at Head for the Hills was Dr. Hofford’s Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: What’s New and What is Our Data.

This session:

  • —Reviewed the diagnosis of ADHD
  • Reviewed the latest treatment options/algorithms for ADHD
  • —Reviewed recent Virginia Medicaid ADHD data and how do we compare with North Carolina and the United States

We hope you are able to use Dr. Hofford’s information as your starting point for finding solid ADHD references!

 

Cheap Meds!

We hope everyone enjoyed the 2015 Head for the Hills event!

We’re going to spend the next few weeks reviewing the fantastic presentations.  First up –

Guide to Inexpensive Prescription Medications MelodyProvided by Melody Counts, M.D., M.H.M., District Health Director – Cumberland Plateau Health District (and GMEC board member), the session asked;

“What good do your diagnostics and treatment do if the person can’t afford the medications?”

and proceeded to answer the question and provided an overview of various medication discount programs and guidelines as to how providers could streamline the eligibility process for those program.

Session participants learned how to identify multiple sources of inexpensive prescription medication information for patients and why providing such information is important to one’s medical practice.

Why bother?

“If someone has hypertension and can’t afford their anti-hypertensives, everything you say is worthless. Yes, there are also lifestyle issues, but if patients can’t afford their medication, you’re doing them no good.”

 

 

Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment

Are you a health professions student wondering how you are going to afford your education?  Or a rural provider trying to recruit new practitioners?

If so – we have two great guides for you!

First are the presentation slides from Head for the Hills from Justin Crow’s Getting the Most from Federal & State Loan Repayment Programs  discussion.  This provides an in-depth guide as to what programs are available and who qualifies for them.

AND – from the Rural Assistance Center – Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment for Rural Health Professions

This guide includes:

  • Types of Health Education Financial Aid
  • Operating Successful Rural Health Education Financial Aid Programs
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Rural areas face a documented shortage of essential healthcare professionals, especially in primary care fields.  The rising costs of education directly impact the ability of students to pursue a healthcare degree and compound the rural health workforce shortage.  These guides help to bridge the gap.