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Medicare Chronic Care Management

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognizes the importance of Medicare chronic care management. According to CMS, more than two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries nationwide have at least two chronic conditions, and nearly 14% have more than six chronic conditions.

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Patients with two or more chronic health conditions need chronic care services as maintaining their conditions can be unbearable. Chronic care services help beneficiaries with a higher risk of decline or death due to their conditions.

Below, we discuss all the details surrounding managing your chronic conditions. We’ll review eligibility, programs, and doctors that can bill.

Who Qualifies for Medicare Chronic Care Management?

You must be eligible for Original Medicare to have the federal insurance program cover your Chronic Care Management (CCM). 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 indefinitely.

If you qualify for Medicare CCM Services, you should utilize your coverage to its fullest for treating your conditions. 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

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 Medicare Part B coverage.

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You will need to pay for your Medicare Part B deductible, coinsurance, and copays. If you have a Medicare Supplement plan (Medigap plan), you may pay even less.

Since Medicare covers these services, a Medicare 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.

Medicare Advantage Chronic Care Management

Medicare Advantage plans cover chronic care management when deemed medically necessary and the patient has two or more chronic health conditions. Medicare Advantage plans must provide coverage equal to Original Medicare. However, your plan may offer additional coverage depending on the plan and carrier you choose to enroll in.

Medicare Advantage plans vary by area and carrier. If you have one or more chronic conditions and are considering a Medicare Advantage plan, you may want to look for plans that offer additional chronic care management coverage.

Practitioners Who Can Bill for Medicare Chronic Care Management

To be covered by Medicare, the doctor or facility you use to care for your chronic condition must participate in and accept Medicare.

The following medical professionals can bill for Chronic Care:

  • Midwives
  • Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners

Doctors that can’t bill for these services include:

  • Podiatrists
  • Limited-License Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Psychologists

How to Qualify for 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.

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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.

How to Get Medicare Coverage for Chronic Care Management

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.

Alternatively, Medicare Advantage Chronic Care Management may be a better option for some. 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 to explore plan options in your area. You can also complete an online rate form and have us reach out to you.

Kayla Hopkins

Kayla Hopkins

Content Editor
Kayla Hopkins is an accomplished writer and Medicare guru serving as the Editor of MedicareFAQ.com. Upon completing her Communications degree from Ohio University, Kayla dedicated her time to understanding the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare. With her extensive background as a Licensed Insurance Agent, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her writing.
Ashlee Zareczny

Ashlee Zareczny

Compliance Manager
Ashlee Zareczny is the Compliance Manager for MedicareFAQ. As a licensed Medicare agent in all 50 states, she is dedicated to educating those eligible for Medicare by providing the necessary resources and tools. Additionally, Ashlee trains new and tenured Medicare agents on CMS compliance guidelines. Ashlee is a Medicare expert who specializes in Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Part D education.

2 thoughts on "Medicare Chronic Care Management"

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    1. Hi Diane! I would discuss this with your doctor. If they feel liposuction is medically necessary, Medicare may cover the cost.

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