Chronic Care Management (CCM)

Chronic care management services are at least 20 minutes of clinical staff time directed by a physician or other qualified health care professional, per calendar month. This CCM service requires: 

  • Multiple (two or more) chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months, or until the death of the patient
  • Chronic conditions place the patient at significant risk of death, acute exacerbation/ decompensation, or functional decline
  • Comprehensive care plan established, implemented, revised, or monitored Assumes 15 minutes of work by the billing practitioner per month.

Chronic care management services, provided personally by a physician or other qualified health care professional, at least 30 minutes of physician or other qualified health care professional time, per calendar month, with the following required elements:

  • Multiple (two or more) chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months, or until the death of the patient
  • Chronic conditions place the patient at significant risk of death, acute exacerbation/ decompensation, or functional decline
  • Comprehensive care plan established, implemented, revised, or monitored

Complex CCM

Complex chronic care management services, with the following required elements:

  • Multiple (two or more) chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months, or until the death of the patient
  • Chronic conditions place the patient at significant risk of death, acute exacerbation/ decompensation, or functional decline
  • Establishment or substantial revision of a comprehensive care plan
  • Moderate or high complexity medical decision making
  • 60 minutes of clinical staff time directed by a physician or other qualified health care professional, per calendar month

Each additional 30 minutes of clinical staff time directed by a physician or other qualified health care professional, per calendar month (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure). Complex CCM services of less than 60 minutes in duration, in a calendar month, are not reported separately. Report 99489 in conjunction with 99487. Do not report 99489 for care management services of less than 30 minutes additional to the first 60 minutes of complex CCM services during a calendar month.

*CCM and Complex CCM differ in the amount of clinical staff service time provided; the involvement and work of the billing practitioner; and the extent of care planning performed.

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