BATON ROUGE, La. - eQHealth Solutions has been selected by Care Management Solutions of Louisiana (CMSLA) and Advance Telehealth Consulting Solutions to provide a cloud-based population health technology solution to support CMSLA’s chronic care management (CCM) program initiatives. In accordance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CMSLA’s program will be aimed at driving better health to eligible patients and reducing the growth in healthcare costs. As a part of the partnership, eQHealth’s cloud-based technology solution will serve as a repository for clinical information and will enable tracking, reporting and documenting all care management services for patients enrolled in CMSLA’s chronic care management program.
Beginning last year, CMS recognized chronic care management (CCM) as a critical component of primary care for Medicare patients. Focused on patients with two or more chronic health conditions, CMS designated Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code 99490 as a means to offer reimbursement to healthcare providers seeking to improve their patients’ overall health and reduce the cost of care for those with chronic disease. On average, this CPT code allows for reimbursements of approximately $40, per patient, per month to providers who meet the requirements set by CMS including 20 minutes of non-face-to-face care coordination service each month, and 24 hours per day, seven days per week access to care management services. For a complete list of CMS requirements for CPT code 99490, click here.
Care Management Solutions of Louisiana and Advance Telehealth will utilize eQHealth’s proprietary population health management technology solution, eQSuite® to manage CCM services provided to their patients. Highlighted features in eQSuite®’s solution include access to a comprehensive patient health profile, compliance standards for CCM service documentation, reporting features for billing, patient and provider portals, provider channeling, drug alerts, trackers for biometric data and care plans based on disease states. Together, CMSLA’s staff and eQHealth’s technology solution will enable an efficient and effective program to meet all of CMS' requirements to bill for CPT code 99490 chronic care management reimbursements.
“We considered a number of organizations for this partnership to support our expansion into the CMS chronic care management program and to give quality care to the patients in our community. eQHealth Solutions was the best choice because their platform is truly scalable; they are a one-stop shop and we know at an operational level that they have a deep understanding of care management and nursing--it shows in their software. Additionally, eQHealth is also a Louisiana-based organization and we can grow together,” said Angela St. Julien, Chief Executive Officer, Care Management Solutions of Louisiana.
“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with these two great organizations. We could have not chosen a better group of individuals to share the responsibility of providing CCM services. Care Management Solutions of Louisiana is a well-respected organization that believes in providing quality care. eQHealth has created a software solution that I would consider the best around. Together, we will provide services that will be able to assist individuals in living a better quality of life,” said Charles Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, Advance Telehealth.
“We are eager to support Care Management Solutions of Louisiana and Advance Telehealth in their efforts to deliver better care for their patients, and we welcome them to our family of clients,” said Glen Golemi, Chief Executive Officer, eQHealth Solutions. “Both organizations share our vision for quality and greater efficiency in the delivery of care.”
About eQHealth Solutions
Founded in 1986, eQHealth Solutions is a population health management and technology solutions company that touches millions of lives annually throughout the nation. Its high-tech and high-touch models include innovative technology solutions and quality care coordination services focused on high-quality outcomes and optimization of provider and payer networks. eQHealth serves a variety of entities including federal, state and commercial clients. For more information, visit www.eqhs.org.
About Care Management Solutions of Louisiana
Care Management Solutions of Louisiana is operated by Registered Nurses with over 50 years of nursing experience along with Licensed Certified Social Workers and Licensed Medical Social Workers with over 35 years of experience. The combination of the nurses with social workers provides clear insight into the needs and challenges facing patients and their caregivers. We realize that medical needs and community needs must be treated together for the best patient outcomes. One is not independent of the other. The hospital, nursing home, home health, diabetes care, wound care, and behavioral health experiences of the founders lends a unique opportunity to focus on the whole patient as they transition through various environments of care. For more information, visit www.caremanagementsolutionsla.com.
About Advance Telehealth Consulting Solutions
Advance Telehealth is a Louisiana based telemedicine provider that was founded in August 2013. With a network of over 100 medical and mental health professionals, Advance Telehealth has grown to be the largest independent telemedicine provider in the state of Louisiana. We utilize HIPAA approved live video technology that allows individuals in underserved communities across Louisiana access to specialty and primary care services to assist in caring for their physical and mental health needs. We have a network of local providers serving local people. For more information, visit www.advancetelehealth.com.