Lean About Becoming a Well Spot from Well-Ahead
The LPCA is in partnership with the LDH - Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and
Health Promotion and would like to call your attention to the information below.
Well-Ahead Louisiana promotes and recognizes healthy choices in the spaces and places where we live, work, learn and play. Healthcare providers play a unique role in the health and wellness of Louisiana residents – from patients, to employees, to your local community. Check out how you can partner with us to move Louisiana’s health forward.
New! Become a Healthcare Facility WellSpot. Our team works with hospitals, schools, restaurants and more, assisting them in meeting wellness benchmarks. This can mean going tobacco-free, becoming breastfeeding friendly, or participating in team-based care. Organizations that implement these small changes are designated as official WellSpots by the Louisiana Department of Health.
Click here to learn how your healthcare facility can become a WellSpot!
Are you already designated as a Worksite WellSpot? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can achieve additional benchmarks to be designated as a Healthcare Facility WellSpot!
Become a Member of Our Provider Education Network. Learn about evidence-based health system quality improvement processes and team-based care in our regular webinars. Help us ensure access to high-quality clinical care in your community! Become a member here.
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Information Regarding Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)
The Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act of 1992 and 1995 granted medical malpractice liability protection through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) to HRSA-supported health centers. Under the Act, health centers are considered Federal employees and are immune from lawsuits, with the Federal government acting as their primary insurer.
For specific information about the FTCA and to address your specific questions, please refer to the following resources:
HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care Help Desk: 1-877-974-2742
Contact the Bureau of Primary Health Care via their online contact form.
Chronic Care Management
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Service Administration is partnering with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Connected Care initiative to improve chronic care management and provide resources to help you learn more about new ways to support your practice. Chronic care management services are a critical component of primary care. CMS established separate payment to increase payment for the additional time and resources you spend to manage the care of patients with two or more serious chronic conditions outside of the usual face-to-face encounters. The codes help pay for the between-appointment help your Medicare and dual eligible (Medicare and Medicaid) patients with multiple chronic conditions need to stay on track with their treatment plans and overall health. Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers may currently use CPT code 99490 for 20 minutes or more of care coordination. Please note that new billing codes for provision of chronic care management and behavior health integration are being finalized for 2018.
Download the Connected Care Health Care Professional Toolkit to find information about eligibility, resources about service requirements and how to bill, a video featuring a health care professional talking about her experience, patient education video, postcards, and posters, and other resources to help you build an effective program in your practice. You can also order printed resources for your waiting room or download by visiting go.cms.gov/CCM. Materials are available in English and Spanish.
To learn more about chronic care management under FQHCs and RHCs, see our FAQs and Fact Sheet. Some updates have been made in 2017, reflected in Changes to Chronic Care Management Services for 2017 Fact Sheet, related to the allowance of oral informed consent, changes to reduce the administrative burden associated with providing CCM services, and the 2017 payment rate paid under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CPT code 99490.