Chronic Disease

National High Blood Pressure Education Month

In the United States, nearly 68 million people have high blood pressure, or hypertension. Hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of death in the United States. We’re promoting heart health along with being proactive with seeking treatment for high blood pressure.   Check out these resources …

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CDC Call: Critical Diabetes Care and Prevention During COVID-19

April 26, 3-4PM EDT Please join us for updates on the agency’s COVID-19 response. CDC experts will share the latest information and what everyone should know about protecting themselves and others. Hear from Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Bigman, acting director for CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. Dr. Bigman will discuss how to maintain critical diabetes care …

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March is National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month, a time to raise awareness about kidney disease. This year’s focus is on taking charge of your health and the many factors that go into managing your kidney disease. Learn more about Medicare’s coverage of kidney dialysis and kidney transplant services: Medicare.gov: I have End-Stage Renal Disease Medicare Coverage of …

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May 1: 2021 CDOE Spring Seminar

Saturday, May 1, 7AM-1PM EDT  Hosted online via Zoom See below for registration fee 2021 CDOE Spring Seminar will provide up-to-date information on the diagnosis, prevention, and management of diabetic kidney disease, practical approaches for the self-management of diabetes, and integrative health practices for diabetes care. Target Audience   Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educators (CDOE), registered …

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Million Hearts® and CDC COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease Partner Toolkit

A year of missed preventive care is endangering minority communities. And people with serious heart conditions are at higher risk for severe illness with COVID-19. In response, Million Hearts® and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a digital media toolkit to encourage people to continue their preventive cardiovascular care. The Toolkit includes: …

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Webinar on March 18: Structural Racism as a Fundamental Driver of Health Disparities

Call to Action: Structural Racism as a Fundamental Driver of Health Disparities: A Presidential Advisory from the American Heart Association March 18, 1-2PM EDT Structural racism has been and remains a fundamental cause of persistent health disparities in the United States. This presidential advisory by the AHA reviews the historical context, current state, and potential …

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National Nutrition Month

Each March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month. It’s a great time to discover and make informed food choices. Health eating can mean different things as we age. We need fewer calories, and are ability to absorb certain nutrients is reduced, especially among those with chronic health conditions. That means it’s important to choose foods that …

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Highlighting Health Disparities During American Heart Month and Black History Month

Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) this February as it recognizes American Heart Month and Black History Month by helping those affected by heart disease take steps toward better health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in …

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African American History Month

February is African American History Month, which sheds light on African American culture and health. Heart disease, diabetes, and stroke affect people of all ethnicities. However, certain groups—including African Americans and older individuals—are at greater risk. Knowing more about family health histories and the early detection of predisposed health conditions helps support prevention efforts, effective …

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Health Equity Updates: January Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? AHRQ 2019 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report HHS OMH Announces New Initiative to Address Hypertension New E&M Coding Guidelines Account for Patients’ Social Risks New CMS Organ Donation …

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Webinar on Dec. 17: Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Office Hours

December 17, 3PM EDT Join the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Office Hours to learn what the (CY) 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule means for your MDPP organization. Please be sure to read the MDPP portion of Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule before the town hall and make note …

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Policy Statement: AHA Recognizes Structural Racism as a Driver of Health Disparities

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently issued a policy statement in Circulation calling out structural racism as a major driver of health disparities in the U.S. The AHA acknowledged that while it had previously published statements addressing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risk and disparities among racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., those statements had not …

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Know the connection between Diabetes and Kidney Disease

34 million Americans have diabetes, and 1 in 3 of them also has chronic kidney disease. Once your kidneys have been damaged by diabetes, they cannot be cured. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and today is World Diabetes Day, making now the perfect time to learn how you can prevent diabetic kidney disease or …

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November 16: Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Enrollment Webinar

November 16, 3PM EDT Want to help people with Medicare stay healthy and prevent diabetes? Become a Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) supplier. As a supplier, you’ll help people with Medicare make lasting behavior changes through group-based training & individual support. There have been some changes to the MDPP enrollment process due to COVID-19. Specifically, the emergency …

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Take Action Against Diabetes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) is recognizing National Diabetes Month in November. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 34 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it. Diabetes occurs because …

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Article: Women Get Worse Care for Heart Attacks with Cardiogenic Shock

A study published in Circulation: Heart Failure concluded that women age 18-55 with Acute Myocardial Infarction – Cardiogenic Shock (AMI-CS), are treated less aggressively and experience higher in-hospital mortality compared to men. Cardiogenic shock (CS) is the leading cause of death in patients with AMI who reach the hospital alive, with mortality rates greater than …

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Article: Black Barbershop Hypertension Intervention Gets Telemedicine Update

The success of a barbershop hypertension intervention for Blacks continued with the addition of a telemedicine component to reduce costs and improve efficiency, according to a pilot study. Blood pressure fell from an average of 155.1/84.9 mm Hg at baseline to 126.4/75.0 mm Hg after 12 months among Black men who received the intervention. The …

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Free Webinar Hosted by the National Kidney Foundation: Preventing Influenza Amid COVID-19

Wednesday, September 30, 11:30AM-12PM EST National partners, the National Kidney Foundation hosts a free webinar “Protecting Yourself and Your Patients: Preventing Influenza in the COVID-19 Era,” to discuss the implications of healthcare team immunization on people with kidney disease. Strategies for encouraging influenza vaccination will also be discussed. Influenza can be associated with serious illnesses, …

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CMS Releases FAQs on MDPP Public Health Emergency Flexibilities

Do you have questions about the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Expanded Model Public Health Emergency (PHE) Flexibilities? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist MDPP Suppliers as they continue to provide services to Medicare Beneficiaries. If you have additional questions, please contact CMS by visiting …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls: August 11-14

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. Call details …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – July

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. Call details …

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Webinar on July 16: Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Billing and Claims

July 16, 2020 @ 12:30pm EDT This webinar provides an overview on the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Billing and Claims process. During this webinar, participants learn key terms and entities involved in the billing and claims process, understand the MDPP payment structure and how it applies to billing, and learn how to successfully submit …

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CMS Proposes Medicare Payment Changes to Support Innovation and Increased Access for Dialysis in the Home Setting

Rule proposes improved process to pay for innovative dialysis equipment and support home dialysis for Medicare’s most vulnerable population Today, the Trump Administration took dramatic steps to support access to home dialysis through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS). Building …

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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Enrollment Tutorial Webinar

Want to help people with Medicare stay healthy and prevent diabetes? Become a Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) supplier. As a supplier, you’ll help people with Medicare make lasting behavior changes through group-based training & individual support. There have been some changes to the MDPP enrollment process due to COVID-19. Specifically, the emergency declaration waives the PECOS …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 6/29/20 and July

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. Call details …

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Webinar on July 1: Dialyzing Patients in Skilled Nursing Homes During COVID-19

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 @ 3-4pm Special COVID-19 Webinar Presentation Nursing home residents who need dialysis treatments are at high-risk for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) infection. You will hear from leaders with Dialyze Direct and Concerto Renal Services about how they are minimizing risks of contacting COVID-19. Dialyze Direct offers in-house dialysis machines and staffing in …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 6/22/20

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. Call details …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 6/8/2020

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. Call details …

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Updated: COVID-19 Workshop on May 28: Caring for Older Adults with Diabetes in Long-Term Care

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 10:30-11am Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Our May 28 workshop will feature Dr. Sarah Sy, Geriatric Diabetes Fellow in Boston, MA, who will provide insights about caring for older adults with diabetes living in long-term care facilities. Join us to improve your knowledge in: Recognizing …

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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Billing and Claims Webinar

May 21, 2020 @ 1pm EDT This webinar will provide an overview on the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Billing and Claims process. During this webinar, participants will become familiar with the key terms and entities involved in the billing and claims process, understand the MDPP payment structure and how it applies to billing, and …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 5/18/20

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. Call details …

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May 11-15: CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. Call details …

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Join Us For An Enrollment Tutorial Webinar

Want to help people with Medicare stay healthy and prevent diabetes? Become a Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) supplier. As a supplier, you’ll help people with Medicare make lasting behavior changes through group-based training & individual support. There have been some changes to the MDPP enrollment process due to COVID-19. Specifically, the emergency declaration waives the PECOS …

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CMS COVID-19 Calls: May 5-8, 2020

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. Call details …

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Weekly COVID-19 Care Site-Specific Calls

CMS hosts weekly calls for certain types of organizations to provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. One to two leaders in the field also share best practices with their peers. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters if time allows. Home Health and Hospice (Tuesdays at 3:00 PM Eastern) Tuesday, …

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COVID-19 Outpatient Dialysis Facility Preparedness Assessment Tool

All U.S. outpatient dialysis facilities should be prepared for the possible arrival of patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). All outpatient dialysis facilities should ensure their staff are trained, equipped, and capable of practices needed to: ƒPrevent the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, within the dialysis facility.ƒ Promptly identify and isolate patients with possible …

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Today! Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Enrollment Tutorial

Join the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) for an Enrollment Tutorial Webinar Join CMMI on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 1pm Eastern time for an Enrollment Tutorial Webinar. The CMMI team will be on hand to answer your questions related to the Enrollment Process.  Webinar Details Access the webinar: At the time of the event, click …

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Dialysis Facilities: Screening Patients for COVID-19

To limit the spread of COVID-19, it is important to promptly identify, separate, and ensure ill patients are wearing a cloth face covering (source control). Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. For this reason, source control measures should …

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CMS Issues New Wave of Infection Control Guidance Based on CDC Guidelines to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers from COVID-19

Guidance will aid clinicians in various healthcare settings to prevent and mitigate the spread Under the leadership of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a series of updated guidance documents focused on infection control to prevent the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a variety of inpatient …

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