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Research Letter
December 25, 2018

Adoption of Medicare’s Transitional Care Management and Chronic Care Management Codes in Primary Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2018;320(24):2596-2597. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.16116

To enhance compensation for primary care activities that occur outside of face-to-face visits, Medicare began reimbursing for transitional care management (TCM) services in 2013 and chronic care management (CCM) services in 2015.1-3 Transitional care management is designed to facilitate the transition from hospital to home and involves a dedicated office visit after hospital discharge as well as additional care coordination. Chronic care management is a comprehensive set of care coordination services provided monthly to patients with chronic illnesses. We examined the uptake of TCM and CCM nationally.

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