Healthcare Delivery: Changes Ahead?

The delivery of healthcare to Medicare beneficiaries may be headed in a new direction under the Affordable Care Act. In July 2016, the Centers for Medicare  and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule outlining new policies that aim to shift Medicare payments from volume to value.

The Administration has set measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they provide to their patients. This final rule includes policies that advance that vision and support building a health care system that delivers better care, spends health care dollars more wisely, and results in healthier people.

This amounts to a revamping of the health care delivery system from one revolving around providers to one that puts patients at the center. Healthcare providers work as a team, sharing records, coordinating care,  avoiding duplication of effort, and reducing out-of-pocket costs for families.

How will these tentative first steps toward reform translate to changes in each Medicare beneficiary’s experience? That remains to be seen. In the meantime, Elder Law Practice staff members will be keeping a close eye on this trend. Watch for updates in future issues of The Continuum.~

 

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