Rising popularity of CCM – Common Chronic Diseases In The USA

Chronic illness rates are increasing year by year and are taking a toll on the nation’s population. Serious chronic diseases like stroke, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc. are one of the leading cause of increased death rate in the country. More than 75% of healthcare spending is on people with chronic conditions. Beyond any statistics, medication non-adherence is a poor clinical outcome and overcoming this is another great challenge. Thus, doing more to take care of the population health is crucial.

Even today, we witness patients suffering from poor access to healthcare and it is continuing to increase. So improving quality of life for people with chronic disease is vital and is an epidemic in the USA. Simultaneously, the burden of multiple chronic illnesses is also increasing rapidly. In one of the recent release, it is noted that two-thirds of Medicare patients have two or more chronic conditions; another one-third have four or more.  The growing impact of this condition is placing a huge economic demand on the nation. Utmost care has to be taken to address this growing condition, and addressing it will not only reduce cost but also increase the quality of life.  Taking steps towards better health and using care more effectively is a need today.

Chronic Care Management is a boon to both the providers and the patients. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a lot of new initiatives to raise awareness of the benefits of Chronic Care Management. This initiative offers family physicians and other healthcare specialists the support they need to implement Chronic Care Management in their practice. It is all about providing care to patients with chronic illness through a framework for embracing healthy life, improving patient health and increasing revenue.

The prime goal of CCM is to improve care quality through remote monitoring and managing patient health conditions better by creating care individual care plans for each of the patients for achieving better health outcomes.

Chronic Care Management promises the below

  • Continuity of care by the provider.
  • Individual care plan for patients.
  • 24/7 access to healthcare.
  • Assessment of patient health records, patient-generated health data.
  • Access patient health information at regular intervals.
  • A secure electronic platform to share patient information and care plans
  • Managing care transitions

Apart from this Chronic Care Management includes non-face-to-face care management and care coordination. The transition from fee-for-service to value-based payment has a huge impact in the healthcare industry. And the CCM billing model makes it possible by getting paid for the time and effort the care team invests in their patients. It is evident that this is benefitting both the patient and the provider. CCM has gained in traction through the value the physicians bring in by delivering continuous and connected healthcare. For the past many years, physicians have helped patients over the phone but never got paid for it. But now with the introduction of Chronic Care Management (CCM) by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this has been resolved. Patients can elect one physician to take care of their CCM program. The elected CCM physician or provider must establish, implement, revise, or monitor and manage an electronic care plan that addresses the physical, mental, psychosocial, functional, and environmental needs of the patient as well as maintain an inventory of resources and supports that the patient needs. Thus, the practice must use a certified EHR to bill CCM codes. The CPT CPT codes 99490 and 99487, and the add-on CPT code 99489 is a new source of revenue for the physicians’ and other care providers.

And it is no surprise that CCM is gaining popularity among all the care providers, physicians, and patients. Schedule a demo with us to know more about HealthViewX – Chronic Care Management Solution