New Movement Disorder Program Offers Focused Expertise

CentraState is pleased to introduce a new Movement Disorder Program led by Jia Zhen Cheng, MD, who brings focused expertise in movement disorders to our patients and community. Designed to facilitate early diagnosis and intervention for neurodegenerative conditions, the program is offered in collaboration with OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center with multidisciplinary insight from psychiatry, neuroradiology, [...]

By |2020-07-29T13:36:39-04:00July 27th, 2020|Population Health|

Pulmonologist as Patient: A Personal Experience With COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has been a surreal experience for many – especially for those on the front lines of care. And even more so for caregivers who themselves became infected with the virus. With an early cluster of cases at CentraState, physician leaders quickly realized that an innovative approach to delivering care was needed. [...]

By |2020-07-27T12:30:37-04:00July 27th, 2020|Population Health|

Adaptability and Clinician Collaboration Aid in Fight Against COVID-19

Early on in the COVID-19 crisis, CentraState chief medical officer James Matera, DO, recognized that treating patients with COVID-19 required new parameters for care. To handle the influx of patients, he worked with physician leaders to quickly mobilize a COVID-19 Response Team dedicated solely to treating patients with the disease. “COVID-19 was such a [...]

By |2020-07-28T15:21:36-04:00July 27th, 2020|Population Health, Uncategorized|

Radiology Ordering Professionals: Know the AUC Program Requirements

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish a program that promotes Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for advanced diagnostic imaging. AUC are evidence-based criteria that assist professionals who order and furnish certain imaging services to make the most appropriate treatment decisions for a specific [...]

By |2020-02-25T11:55:11-05:00November 12th, 2019|Providers|

Developing Best Practices for Episodes of Care

The trend across payers is to develop episodes of care for certain disease states, particularly when identifying high cost/high gaps in care among a patient population. This is part of what population health is all about. Stedman’s Dictionary defines an episode of care as “all services provided to a patient with a medical problem [...]

By |2020-02-25T11:55:03-05:00November 12th, 2019|Quality|

New Research in Diabetes Treatment

An overriding goal in medicine is to decrease variability in the way chronic disease is treated. Clinical research can have important implications in defining the latest standards of care, so we make every effort to keep our clinicians up to date on the most current research findings. One recent study shows promising results for [...]

By |2020-02-25T11:54:41-05:00July 11th, 2019|Population Health|

How Family Practice of CentraState Benefits from CPC+

Family Practice of CentraState is now in its third year of Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), which is a CMS Advanced Payment Model that aims to strengthen primary care through payment reform and care delivery transformation. This model provides additional financial resources and flexibility to help make investments, improve quality and access of care, and [...]

By |2020-02-25T11:54:30-05:00March 13th, 2019|Providers|

Hierarchal Condition Category (HCC) Coding for More Reliable Risk Scores

HCC coding is a risk-adjustment model originally designed to estimate future health care costs for patients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) HCC model was initiated in 2004, but it is now becoming increasingly prevalent as the environment shifts to value-based payment models. HCC relies on ICD-10 coding to assign risk scores [...]

By |2019-09-25T12:10:15-04:00March 13th, 2019|Financial|

Improving Outcomes with Population Health Strategies

Through the Practice Unite app, a preferred method of communication for PHO members, PHO physicians can quickly and easily link their patients to population health programs available at CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center. These evidence-based programs feature registered nurse health coaches who serve as a virtual arm of the physician practice [...]

By |2018-12-19T15:09:52-05:00December 18th, 2018|Population Health|