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April 16, 2010  RSS feed
Senior Living

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Medicare and Chronic Care

By Jack M. Rosenkranz, J. D.

The past decade has seen leaps and bounds in the delivery of care to individuals with chronic illnesses. Those who were once plagued by the necessity of frequent doctors visits and the potential for institutional care, can now be assisted through more patient-centered, individualized care. Given these relatively recent innovations, last years March 2009 publication of Health Affairs contains alarming news: chronic care disease management, among Medicare beneficiaries, has not improved since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service piloted a series of programs in 1999. Of the original 35 Medicare pilot programs intended to improve the quality of chronic care, 28 are no longer active. This news is even more alarming because Elders are particularly vulnerable to chronic illness and Medicare is one of the core health care delivery system for aging Americans.

This is disappointing news. However, Elders can learn the tools they need to responsibly access Medicare. Studies show that preventative health care, in addition to knowing how to advocate on one’s own behalf, are crucial to receiving proper care. This is done, not through having a particular chronic care delivery system already in place, but rather by being educated to get the care that one needs.

As health care consumers, individuals should direct their providers to deliver the personalized care that they need. Elders and their loved ones transform the system through advocacy and assertiveness. The Informed Elder Institute, Inc. encourages families to take more personal responsibility for their health care needs, in a system that may not be currently designed to meet all their needs.

It is the goal of The Informed Elder Institute, Inc. to provide, through proper education, consumer advocacy tools that can assist elders with getting quality, individualized health care that they deserve. For more information on upcoming seminars, please contact the Informed Elder Institute, Inc. at (813) 226-0000.

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