Jul 12, 2013

In the proposed rule for calendar year 2014, CMS would create separate payments for physicians who manage and coordinate care for Medicare patients with chronic health conditions. According to CMS, Medicare would pay primary care physicians for “non-face-to-face complex chronic care management services for Medicare beneficiaries who have multiple, significant chronic conditions,” or two or more conditions. This would go into effect in 2015. CMS said it hopes this policy would improve the management and decrease the costs of chronic diseases. Becker’s Hospital Review, July 9, 2013