AAFP Testifies to PPAC About Chronic Disease Management
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 23, 2004
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224
"Effective chronic care management involves developing a partnership with each patient, developing a care plan, ongoing communication and coordination of disparate systems to integrate their care, patient education resources and delivery systems, and more," explained Weida, AAFP vice speaker and a practicing family physician in Hershey, Pa. "This consumes additional physician time and resources and requires different models of delivering care. The current coding system does not adequately reflect this."
The current reimbursement coding system is designed to record individual office visits for each specific condition. However, more than 75 percent of the Medicare population experiences multiple chronic diseases. The AAFP requested PPAC's support in working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to design and test the use of a care management fee.
"Family physicians are trained to simultaneously manage multiple chronic diseases using evidence-based guidelines, patient management tools and technologies while engaging other specialists and community resources as appropriate," said Weida.
PPAC is congressionally mandated and advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of CMS on proposed changes to regulations and carrier manual instructions.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
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