In January 2015, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began covering monthly expenses for chronic care management (CCM) of Medicare patients not conducted in a face-to-face visit with a provider. This could include follow-up calls to patients, monitoring patient care plans and consulting with patients’ other providers.
CMS recognizes CCM as one of the critical components of primary care that contributes to better health and care for individuals. To support this objective, Medicare will pay physicians and other qualified healthcare professionals approximately $44 per patient, per calendar month for these services. This requires that clinical staff spend at least 20 minutes per patient, per month, to establish, implement, revise and monitor a comprehensive care plan for patients with multiple (two or more) chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months.Read More