Health care providers who treat Medicare patients with chronic conditions could receive higher reimbursements under a proposed CMS rule open for comment until Sept. 6. Primary care physicians who provide "non-face-to-face complex chronic care management services for Medicare beneficiaries who have multiple, significant chronic conditions," or two or more conditions, would receive a separate payment, effective in 2015. Doctors who provide telehealth services in designated health professional shortage areas would also receive expanded reimbursements.

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