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As reported by multiple media outlets over the weekend, in January 2015, Medicare will begin to pay participating physicians approximately $42 per patient per month (PMPM) to coordinate care of patients with two or more “chronic conditions.” Enrolled patients will pay a 20% co-payment. An interesting add-on service the government is mandating: the New York Times reports that “under federal rules, these patients will have access to doctors or other health care providers on a doctor’s staff 24 hours a day and seven days a week to deal with ‘urgent chronic care needs.’”  It looks like the federal government is dipping another toe into the ever-warming “medical home” waters.  For more on the program, click here.

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