Procrastination's a funny thing: suddenly all of your other work seems so much more important than that one fearsome task you've been putting off.
Hardworking primary care doctors, medical practices, hospitals, managers and administrators who haven't yet started using Medicare's new Chronic Care Management billing code - CPT 99490 - - we're talking to you!
The code is a great way to improve care for Medicare patients with two or more chronic illnesses, while boosting patient satisfaction and medical practice workflow and providing doctor and patient 24/7 access to regularly updated care plans and medical records, with the option for administrative help from third-party providers.
Sounds expensive, but it's not: CareSync, the market leader in Chronic Care Management services for healthcare providers, patients and caregivers, charges less than Medicare's reimbursement level.
You really need to do this! But we totally get why you haven't. The language of CPT 99490 doesn't make for easy reading. Lucky for you, we've got a handy guide to each section of the code, complete with translations from gov-speak into language that makes sense to any medical professional, medical practice manager or administrator.
Better Chronic Care Helps Everyone
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.gov) put out this code as a way to help care for chronic illnesses, and it's a smart move: 85% of the healthcare spend goes to treating chronic illnesses, and two-thirds of Medicare dollars are spent on patients with 5+ chronic conditions. Chronic illnesses are common, and very costly.