One of the big challenges in treating chronic illnesses is that they don’t fit well into tradition funding models. With any chronic illness, one of the most important goals is to facilitate behavior change and then provide long term support to maintain those behavior changes. There are no billing codes for these activities and they are not “procedures” as we are used to thinking about them. Practitioners who choose to engage in these activities often have to do so on their own dime.
So…it’s good to see that the federal government is thinking about how to fund these activities.