Lawmakers Release Bipartisan Draft of Proposals to Reduce Cost and Improve Care for Patients with Chronic Conditions
After several years of effort and multiple opportunities for stakeholder input, the Senate Finance Committee this week released a bipartisan discussion draft, including over a dozen policy proposals aimed at improving health outcomes and reducing Medicare costs in treating beneficiaries with chronic conditions.
n4a submitted feedback to Finance Committee Members and staff in both June 2015 and January 2016 about the importance of including the Aging Network and other community-based organizations in proposals to improve care and reduce costs for Medicare beneficiaries. We are still reviewing the most recent discussion draft, but we will have analysis available soon about changes in Medicare policies that could directly affect the Aging Network. The Senate Finance Committee also recently sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell and CMS Acting Administrator Slavitt supporting several policy proposals, including in the recent Physician Fee Schedule for 2017. n4a also recently weighed in with CMS on several of the key changes in the PFS.