Senate Chronic Care Working Group Releases Discussion Draft for CHRONIC Care Act of 2016

Posted on 10/27/2016 by NTOCC ®

Today, the Senate Finance Committee’s Chronic Care Working Group (CCWG) published a discussion draft of the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2016 - legislation encompassing the various chronic care proposals the working group has been developing over the last two years. In addition, the CCWG released a letter it submitted to HHS expressing support for a number of policies included in CMS’s 2017 proposed Physician Fee Schedule rule that address care of the chronically ill.

Today, the Senate Finance Committee’s Chronic Care Working Group (CCWG) published a discussion draft of the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2016 - legislation encompassing the various chronic care proposals the working group has been developing over the last two years. In addition, the CCWG released a letter it submitted to HHS expressing support for a number of policies included in CMS’s 2017 proposed Physician Fee Schedule rule that address care of the chronically ill.  

 

As you know, NTOCC has been actively involved in the development of many of the policies that have been considered by the CCWG, and we are pleased to see that several of those policies are included in the working group’s discussion draft. Specifically, the CCWG’s discussion draft includes:

 

  • A GAO study and report on improving medication synchronization programs under Medicare and other insurance plans. GAO would also be required to assess these programs’ impact on medication adherence, patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction.
  • A requirement for certain Medicare and Medicaid plans to integrate behavioral health services, especially for patients living with multiple chronic conditions.
  • The promotion of a team-based approach to care planning.

 

In addition to the policies in the draft, NTOCC was pleased to see that in its letter to the administration, the CCWG expressed support for CMS’s proposal to create a new high-severity chronic care management code for clinicians caring for patients with multiple chronic illnesses. NTOCC has long advocated for such a proposal and also expressed support for CMS’s proposed policy in its 2017 proposal rule.

 

The CCWG intends to introduce final legislation in the coming weeks. In the interim, we will continue to communicate NTOCC’s support for these proposals. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.