Welcome to Counsel to Prevent CVD

This website is designed to inform healthcare professionals about the new Medicare and Medicaid-reimbursable service for intensive behavioral therapy for decreasing CVD risk. (CMS Billing Code G0446)

On this site you will also find the latest information as well as supportive resources and tools needed to incorporate an intensive behavioral therapy counseling session for CVD risk prevention in the primary care practice.

Providers can also find links for their office staff and patients to tools and resources to support prevention.

Learn more about this service by participating in the online CME presentation below.

Online Presentation & CME

This is an online CME presentation "Counseling to Prevent Heart Disease: A New Medicare Service" a summary of the new Medicare and Medicaid reimbursable service for intensive behavioral therapy for decreasing CVD risk. This is an AMA PRA Category 1 accredited course and includes a follow-up test and survey for 1.0 hours credit.

This site also provides an opportunity to participate in a follow-up study to assess the impact of this new billing code on the individual practice.

Tool Kit

This toolkit contains patient education materials to be used in the counseling session. Other helpful information and links to relevant organizations active in the goal to reduce CVD risk, such as the Prevention Cardiovascular Nurses Association, the Center of Excellence in Self-Management of Health (SMART Center) at CWRU, or the American Heart Association can also be found here. A step-by-step guide to implementing and billing for the CVD risk reduction visit found here can be downloaded for provider use.

About Counsel to Prevent CVD

The purpose of this project is to develop and implement a Web-based educational program on the new CMS service while evaluating the usefulness of this education and its impact on the use of the service (G0446) in practice

Click here for office survey.

Click here for sample office plan.

Click here to view motivational interviewing tips on counseling to prevent CVD.

Click here for case application examples or contact us with your ideas for implementation or if you have questions jah58@case.edu