Hear­ing seeks bet­ter care for Medi­care en­rollees with chronic con­di­tions

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK AHEAD - —Vir­gil Dick­son

The Sen­ate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee is slated to hold a hear­ing Tues­day on leg­is­la­tion aimed at im­prov­ing care for Medi­care ben­e­fi­cia­ries with chronic con­di­tions.

The Cre­at­ing High-Qual­ity Re­sults and Out­comes Nec­es­sary to Im­prove Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 was in­tro­duced April 6 and has 14 bi­par­ti­san co-spon­sors. Wit­nesses at the hear­ing in­clude providers, fed­eral law­mak­ers and health think-tank staff.

Some of the bill’s pro­vi­sions in­clude al­low­ing Medi­care Ad­van­tage plans to tai­lor co­or­di­na­tion and cov­er­age for spe­cific pa­tient types, such as those with di­a­betes. It also would al­low ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions to use money to help pa­tients with chronic con­di­tions ob­tain pri­mary-care ser­vices. Another ma­jor pro­vi­sion widens use of tele­health among Medi­care ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

“The CHRONIC Care Act would stream­line care co­or­di­na­tion and strengthen treat­ments for our se­niors,” Chair­man Or­rin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rank­ing Mem­ber Ron Wy­den (D-Ore.) said in a joint state­ment. “This hear­ing will give mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine the CHRONIC Care Act and high­light poli­cies that, if en­acted, will help pa­tients strug­gling with chronic ill­nesses.”

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Rank­ing Mem­ber Ron Wy­den, left, and Chair­man Or­rin Hatch’s hear­ing on the CHRONIC Care Act will take place Tues­day.

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