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What is COPD?

According to the COPD Foundation, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is “an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.” COPD Causes Most cases of COPD are caused by inhaling pollutants. This includes cigarette smoke (and…

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Update on Chronic Care Management Codes, Legislation

Chronic Care Management (CCM), implemented by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2015 to reimburse doctors for “non-face-to-face” care coordination services for people suffering from more than one chronic condition. The aim of the program was to encourage physicians and patients to connect outside of office visits to proactively monitor and advise patient…

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How Outsourcing CCM Can Get Doctors Up and Running and Profitable Faster

Medicare’s new Chronic Care Management (CCM) provides reimbursement and new services for doctors treating people with multiple chronic conditions. Reimbursement includes out of office monitoring by staff, and tools to monitor and coordinate care among a patient’s many providers. Still, some have resisted participating in CCM due to the perceived cost and complexity of implementing…

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Making Chronic Care Management Worth It for Doctors

Adoption for Medicare’s Chronic Care Management (CCM), where physicians are reimbursed for non-face-to-face patient check-ins and for quarterbacking care among multiple physicians, pharmacists, and facilities, has shown great promise but slow adoption. As with any new program, the regulations and requirements can seem daunting. But new CCM service providers are starting to make it easier,…