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Medicare’s CCM Code: Extra Money or Extra Pain?
HealthLeaders Media

Medicare’s long-sought chronic care management (CCM) code 99490, which pays doctors about $42.60 a month per qualifying beneficiary, took effect Jan. 1, carrying a huge payload for primary care.

Now, physicians can be paid for the hours of non-face-to-face time they spend on behalf of beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions — care many doctors have provided for free — if they document at least 20 minutes per month reviewing a patient’s issues and answering questions.