Family physicians who want to know more about chronic care management services -- and how providing more of this kind of care can benefit both patients and practices -- should consider setting aside an hour and a half to participate in a provider call(www.cms.gov) with CMS topic experts.
The free listen-and-learn session is provided compliments of CMS' Medicare Learning Network (MLN) on Feb. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. CST.
Registration is now open(blh.ier.intercall.com) for the entry listed on the MLN Connects calendar of upcoming events as "Understanding and Promoting the Value of Chronic Care Management Services Call." Don't delay, because there are only a limited number of spaces available for participants.
Presented by the Office of Minority Health, this call aims to
- increase awareness of the value of chronic care management,
- encourage physicians to include these services in their practices, and
- provide a venue for physicians and other health care professionals to ask questions.
In addition, presenters will explain changes in the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule that affect chronic care management activities, and how physicians get paid for providing them.
The call content has been specifically created to benefit physicians and other health care professionals who currently bill these services to Medicare or who are interested in learning how to do so. Practice managers, health care administrators, billing specialists and medical coders also are welcome.
CMS will post call presentation materials(www.cms.gov) at least one day before the call. For those unable to join the live call, an audio recording and transcript will be posted about two weeks later.
The AAFP understands that chronic care management is critical work that takes place daily in many family medicine practices.
That's why the Academy stays involved in the ongoing work of educating legislators and regulators to help ensure that patients with chronic conditions continue to receive the right care and that family physicians are properly paid for the complex and time-consuming work of providing that care.
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