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(from Medscape): Starting in January 2015, physicians and other healthcare providers can start receiving a separate fee for chronic care management for seniors with multiple conditions delivered outside regular office visits, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced. CMS has established a payment rate of $40.39 for chronic care management that can be billed up to once a month per qualified patient.

Also, effective retroactively for dates of service on or after January 1, 2014, psychology services rendered in a Rural Health Clinic (RHC) or Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) are not restricted to the two-visit per month limit for the following all-inclusive per visit codes: medical, per visit (01); crossover claims (02); licensed clinical social worker (11); psychologist (12); psychiatrist (13); managed care differential rate (18); and capitated Medicare Advantage plans.

As proposed earlier this year, Medicare will also cover wellness and behavioral health telehealth visits.