What is Chronic Care Management?
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recognize the importance of chronic care management. According to CMS, more than two-thirds of beneficiaries have two chronic conditions, and nearly 14% have more than six chronic conditions.
Patients with two or more chronic health conditions need chronic care services. Chronic care services help beneficiaries with a higher risk of decline or death due to their conditions.
In the content below we’ll discuss all the details you need to know about managing your chronic conditions. We’ll go over eligibility, programs, and doctors that can bill.
You deserve the best care and the most up to date information on coverage.
We have updated this page for 2020.
Who Qualifies for Chronic Care Management
You must be eligible for Medicare to have the federal program cover your Chronic Care Management. Otherwise, you’ll need to consult your health plan for your options.
You’re eligible for Medicare’s Chronic Care Management Services if you suffer from two or more chronic conditions. These conditions must be expected to last at least 12 months or until the death of the patient.
Also, if you’re eligible, you should take advantage of the benefits Medicare has to offer. When you have chronic issues, the more care you have, the less likely complications will arise.
Some of the most prevalent chronic conditions include:
Management services can include:
- Creating a plan of care with your doctor
- At least 20 minutes of care management health services per month
- Frequent check-ins with your doctor
- Emergency access to health care providers
Tip: Chronic care management is not the same as the care coordination you get after an inpatient hospital stay.
Does Medicare Pay for Chronic Care Management
Medicare can pay for your doctor’s help in managing your chronic conditions. Chronic care services will fall under your Part B benefits.
Since Medicare covers these services, an Advantage plan will also cover you when you need this type of care.
The goal of this program is to give you high-quality, coordinated care that will help you gain better health.
Who Can Bill for Chronic Care Management
The following medical professionals can bill for Chronic Care:
- Nurse Specialists
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
Doctors that can’t bill for these services include:
- Limited-License Physicians
How to Enroll in Chronic Care Management with Medicare
To enroll in chronic care management, you need to meet with your doctor. Typically, this requires an in-person visit, but you can talk to your doctor about your options.
After your doctor visit, you will need to give consent to start getting managed care. Finally, you and your doctor will form an in-depth care plan for your future.
Learn More About Your Options When You Have a Chronic Condition
Chronic health conditions can cause stress and cost money. Thankfully, Medigap plans can help with these extra costs.
While Medicare covers many of your medical needs, it doesn’t cover every cost you’ll face. When you enroll in a Medigap plan, you can get help with copays, deductibles, and coinsurance.
Our team is here to walk you through what these plans cover and provide you with further information.
Call our team of agents today at the number above for a free quote. You can also complete an online rate form and have us reach out to you.