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Utilization of medicare’s chronic care management services by primary care providers

Nurs Outlook. 2022 Dec 30:101905. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2022.12.001. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Medicare billing codes introduced in 2015 reimburses primary care providers for non-face-to-face, chronic care management (CCM) services rendered by clinical staff.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this manuscript was to describe provider trends in billed CCM services and identify factors associated with CCM utilization.

METHODS: Observational study using Medicare Public Use Files, 2015 to 2018. General, family, geriatric, and internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs) with billed primary care services were included. Multivariable analyses modeled associations between the CCM services and type of provider, adjusting for year, primary care services, practice, and patient characteristics.

FINDINGS: Among 140,465 physicians and 141,118 NPs/PAs, CCM services increased each year, yet remained underutilized: 2% to 7% of physicians and 0.3% to 1.3% of NPs/PAs billed CCM in 2018. Increases in beneficiaries (p < .0001), percentage of dually enrolled (p = .0134), and primary care services (p < .0001) predicted higher CCM utilization.

DISCUSSION: CCM utilization reflects practice-based efforts to improve patient access to care by enhancing care delivery.

PMID:36588042 | DOI:10.1016/j.outlook.2022.12.001

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