Some day, primary-care physician organizations may hold celebrations marking July 2013 as a tipping point for them.
First, the CMS proposed creating new evaluation-and-management codes for non face-to-face activities relating to the coordination of care for patients with two or more chronic conditions. And, last week, a bipartisan draft bill from the House Energy and Commerce Committee's health subcommittee called for the creation of similar codes to promote coordination of care for individuals with complex chronic-care needs who are furnished items and services by multiple physicians and other suppliers and providers of services.
The CMS proposal solicited public comment on whether general third-party designation of a practice as a medical home could be considered evidence that the practice was up to the task of providing care-coordination services. But the draft of the House bill specifically mentions the National Committee for Quality Assurance's medical home and patient-centered specialty practice recognition programs.