AAFP supports new legislation that includes care management fee

AAFP supports new legislation that includes care management fee

Genevieve Ressel

The AAFP supports the Geriatric and Chronic Care Management Act introduced by Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.). The legislation authorizes payment for geriatric assessment and care management for Medicare beneficiaries, which incorporates elements of the care management fee concept advocated by the AAFP. The concept proposes that a fee be paid to the patient’s personal physician to coordinate the patient’s health care, including tracking and monitoring all aspects of care; referring the patient to other health care professionals and coordinating clinical reports; maintaining the patient’s health record; and spending more time with the patient as needed. This fee would be paid per-patient-per-month by Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance plans as appropriate. Making the care management fee part of the reimbursement system would ensure that these services are available to everyone and not exclusive to those who can afford to pay more for health care. More information is available online at http://www.aafp.org/x28401.xml. To read the bill, go to http://thomas.loc.gov and type S.2593 in the Bill Number search box.

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