By Paige Minemyer @ Fierce Healthcare
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched an education program aimed at encouraging more providers to take advantage of Medicare reimbursements for chronic care management services. The Connected Care initiative includes toolkits for both providers and partner organizations to better understand the program and how to code for those benefits. The program began in January 2015, and further adjustments to the physician fee schedule to account for chronic care coordination kicked off at the beginning of this year.
The toolkits are part of a partnership between CMS Office of Minority Health and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration, which represent populations that often are most in need of coordinated care services, according to CMS. Connected Care focuses on racial minorities and rural patients.
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