One third of the U.S. population has at least one chronic disease, such as cancer, asthma, diabetes or heart disease. Chances are good that we, or people we love, have experienced the challenges of coordinating care for these complex conditions. Clinicians recognize the importance of staying connected to their patients. But teams at small practices may not have enough volume – or stability of volume – to justify hiring additional clinical staff to coordinate care for complex patients. Taking full advantage of the new reimbursement opportunity In 2013, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) launched a program to begin reimbursing for non-face-to-face care coordination services. It’s called the Chronic Care Management program, and its goal is to improve care for patients with two or more chronic diseases. CMS has a list of about 22 things the practice needs to do […]
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