AHA this week joined 30 other organizations in voicing support for the Chronic Care Management Improvement Act, legislation that would remove the 20% cost-sharing requirement for Chronic Care Management services under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

“This cost-sharing requirement creates a barrier to care, as beneficiaries are not accustomed to cost-sharing for care management services,” the organizations said in a letter of support to the bill’s sponsors, Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and Jeff Duncan, R-S.C. “The latest data reveals that only 4% of Medicare beneficiaries potentially eligible for CCM received these services. That amounts to 882,000 out of a potential pool of 22.5 million eligible CCM beneficiaries.”

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