Issue Brief

No. 797

Medicare's Chronic Care Improvement Pilot Program: What Is Its Potential?
May 10, 2004

Author

Nora Super

Summary

This paper describes the voluntary chronic care improvement program under traditional fee-for-service Medicare as authorized by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 (Public Law 108-173; section 721). This brief analyzes the emerging issues raised by this new program, including which chronic conditions and regional areas will be targeted, the types of entities that may participate, the physician’s role in care management, and the adoption and use of health information technology and evidence-based clinical guidelines.

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