Do you suffer from one or more chronic conditions? You are not alone. Half of all adult Americans have a chronic condition, and 1 in 4 adults suffers from 2 or more conditions. Chronic conditions are also one of the top causes of death, and 99% of Medicare spending is on patients with chronic conditions.
It is difficult to live with a chronic ailment, but there are ways to keep it in control and stay as healthy as you can. Diabetes, arthritis, COPD, and other chronic conditions can be hard to manage all at once. Ask your doctor about chronic care management (CCM) services.
New physician reimbursement policies incentivize doctors to care for the whole person in a patient-centered way and to spend more time managing all aspects of the person’s health, to make sure one or more chronic conditions do not complicate and lead to further health problems.
Chronic care management, according to CMS, “requires more centralized management of patient needs and extensive care coordination among practitioners and providers.” CCM services may include 24/7 emergency access to a health care professional, coordination of care between your pharmacy, specialists and hospitals, and personalized assistance in creating a care plan just for you.
You are eligible for chronic care management services if you are on Medicare and have 2 or more chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months and that place you at risk, and no other diagnostic limitations. So if you suffer from multiple chronic conditions, talk to your doctor about chronic care management to be a step ahead in managing your health.