CHRONIC CARE +
At the heart of Connect Care Plus is our dedicated team of care
coordinators that provide personalized services and act as an
extension of your practice, allowing you to be as hands-on or
off as you like.
HOW CCM WORKS
To counter the costs, CMS started reimbursing physicians for providing chronic care
Provide patients with an explanation of the program
Establish, implement, revise or monitor a comprehensive care plan
Conduct at least 20 minutes of non face-to-face care
Receive an avg. reimbursement of $42 / patient / month using CPT code 99490
HIGH-PERFORMING CHRONIC CARE
ConectCare is a turnkey Chronic Care Management solution that combines software and care coordination services to help you meet the complex requirements of Medicare’s new Chronic Care Management code: 99490. Acting as a seamless extension of your practice, we deliver enhanced levels of care for your chronically ill patients.
- We work in concert with your practice
- Address whole-person care—clinical, social, behavior
- Social Service Integration
- The highly experienced, certified clinical team
- Perform all non-face-to-face care coordination
We Provide a Human Touch to CCM
We are a CMS-Connected Care Partner that offers an all-inclusive service for reaching your qualified patients, tracking their progress, and billing for Chronic Care Management under CPT Code 99490 and for Complex CCM under CPT Code 99487.
Your patients talk to real people and develop real relationships with them, not robots.
What is a Chronic Care Management?
Chronic Care Management, at least when speaking in the context of Medicare billing code 99490, is providing non-face-to-face care for chronically ill patients between office visits in an effort to address all of the issues that may impede a patient’s ability to manage their conditions and adhere to the care plan. Fundamentally, it is designed to provide enhanced care for the patients most in need who account for the highest utilization (highest cost).
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF THE PROVIDER?
Per the CMS Final Rule, “Chronic care management services, at least 20 minutes of clinical staff time directed by a physician or other qualified healthcare professional, per calendar month, with the following required elements: multiple (two or more) chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months, or until the death of the patient; chronic conditions place the patient at significant risk of death, acute exacerbation/decompensation, or functional decline; comprehensive care plan established, implemented, revised, or monitored.”
WHICH PATIENTS ARE ELIGIBLE?
Any Medicare patient with 2 or more chronic conditions is eligible for this program. CMS intentionally left the definition of “chronic conditions” open to discernment by the provider. CMS guidelines simply require the patient to meet the following criteria:
- Multiple (two or more) chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months, or until the death of the patient
- Chronic conditions place the patient at significant risk of death, acute exacerbation/decompensation
WHICH PROVIDERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO BILL FOR CMS CHRONIC CARE MANAGEMENT BILLING CODE 99490?
CMS did not limit chronic care management to one practice area. While primary care is the most logical place, any provider can implement and bill for chronic care management. Gynecology and gastroenterology may have a patient population that can support a chronic care management program. Conversely, chronic care management may not be a good fit for surgeons as there are limitations on what can be billed for during the post-op period.
CAN I DO THIS MYSELF?
The complexities of Chronic Care Management are numerous, from adopting the right technology to achieve efficiency and to mitigate the risk of audits to the allocation of resources to adequately meet the needs of your patients and the requirements of the program. While some practices attempt to do it themselves, most fail. Here are just a few considerations:
- Requires a minimum of 20 minutes per month. However, in reality, it requires significantly greater care—in the range of 30-40 minutes.
- Requires you to provide patient access to clinical staff 24/7/365
- Would likely require you to adopt new technology, requiring capital investment and causing your staff to learn yet another software application.
- Requires maintaining detailed records of all care coordination that CMS may require you to furnish upon an audit.
- Depending on your practice size, it may require a large clinical team, requiring space you may not have or are not willing to allocate to this program
HOW MUCH TIME WILL MY STAFF & I HAVE TO ALLOCATE TO CHRONIC CARE MANAGEMENT?
Connect Care Plus has designed a program to minimize the time demand on your practice. We custom tailor our programs based on the amount of interaction/involvement each provider wants. You will spend time in three areas: enrolling patients, reviewing care plans (optional), and submitting billing to CMS for reimbursement. We handle everything else! And, because we are staying in contact with patients between office visits, we are able to eliminate many of the phone calls, activities your staff would normally handle.
WILL I BILL FOR FEWER ENCOUNTERS?
The simple answer is no. While it is possible a few patients may be able to avoid office visits because they are now able to better manage their chronic conditions, we will be actively promoting the annual wellness visits as part of our care plans. You should expect to bill for considerably more wellness visits once the chronic care management program has been implemented.
HOW DO WE ENROLL PATIENTS?
With Connect Care Plus, the patient enrollment process has been designed for extreme efficiency. From identifying which patients are eligible and coordinating visits with the front office to obtaining a signature on the patient consent form, our process was designed to minimize the friction. We provide practice professional-patient materials to educate your patients and facilitate enrollment when the service is prescribed.
WHEN CAN THE PATIENT BE ENROLLED?
CMS requires the billing practitioner to furnish an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE), or comprehensive evaluation and management (E&M) visit to the patient prior to billing for Chronic Care Management billing code 99490. The practitioner must initiate the Chronic Care Management service as part of the exam/visit.
WHAT IF A PATIENT IS ALREADY ENROLLED IN CHRONIC CARE MANAGEMENT WITH ANOTHER PROVIDER?
Only one provider may bill on any given month. This requirement is clearly outlined on the consent form. To be eligible to participate, the patient would need to withdraw from the program prior to enrolling in your chronic care management program. This underscores the urgency to begin a chronic care management program sooner rather than later. You don’t want to have this opportunity pass you by.
WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE DURING THE 20 MINUTES?
At Connect Care Plus, we focus on the services that provide the greatest gains in health and well-being. Beyond building the custom care plan, a requirement of 99490, we strive to achieve continuity of care for the patient across all providers.
Care Coordinators are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, via phone, email, and in-app messaging to help patients schedule appointments with the designated provider and ensure comprehensive health information is consistently shared with the entire care team.
Based on the patient’s unique needs, we perform a series of assessments and update the care plan accordingly. We gather key insights from the client and create tasks, medication & measurement reminders, etc. to help the client better manage their chronic conditions.
IS YOUR TECHNOLOGY HIPAA-COMPLIANT?
The simple answer—Yes!
HOW DO YOU COMPLY WITH THE CMS ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION REQUIREMENTS?
Connect Care Plus’s care coordination platform was purpose built to help providers transition to and thrive in all forms of value-based care. As such, it possesses the latest technologies for the electronic sharing of patient records and communication.
ARE THERE ANY INSTANCES WHEN YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BILL FOR CHRONIC CARE MANAGEMENT IN A GIVEN MONTH?
Yes. There are four types of services that would prevent us from billing for Chronic Care Management for a given month, as the care management component is built into these services already:
- Transitional Care Management (99495, 99496)
- Home Healthcare Supervision (G0181)
- Hospice Care Supervision (G0182)
- Certain ESRD codes (90951-90970)
WHICH PAYERS WILL PAY FOR BILLING CODE 99490?
Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans. Some Medicaid programs also offer some variations of a chronic care management program. Also, commercial plans are evaluating chronic care management and may adopt similar programs in the near future.
WHAT IS THE REIMBURSEMENT RATE?
The average reimbursement is $41.44. This amount varies by location. The 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule assigns 0.61 relative value units (RVUs) to code 99490.
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