Physician Payment for Chronic Care Management Services to Begin in 2015
Beginning in 2015, physicians will be able to receive payment for non face-to-face time a physician and their staff spends managing the care of Medicare patients with two or more chronic conditions. Last year, CMS finalized a separate payment for chronic care management (CCM) codes. For more on the CCM codes, please see NAHC Report, January 31, 2014.
Through this year’s rule, CMS is proposing details relating to the implementation of the new policy, including payment rates.
CMS defines CCM as follows:
“Chronic care management services furnished to patients with multiple (two or more) chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months, or until the death of the patient, that place the patient at significant risk of death, acute exacerbation/decompensation, or functional decline; 20 minutes or more; per 30 days”