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Medicare to Start Paying for Coordinated Patient Care

Posted on Sep 03, 2014

We have discussed the fact that about 440,000 people die each year due to medical mistakes. Preventable medical mistakes. More research has shown this to be due to patients will chronic illnesses receiving "fragmented and disjointed care". The New York Times reported that the Obama administration is now putting forth a plan to pay doctors to coordinate the care of those with Medicare.

Starting in January, reported the NY Times, Medicare will start paying monthly fees to doctors who manage the care of patients with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and depression. It was reported that, "such care coordination could pay for itself by keeping patients  healthier and out of hospitals".

Under this new service provided by Medicare, doctors will have to look after their patients' medical records, medical needs, as well as psychological needs, make sure the patients are taking their medication and ensure smooth transition from hospital to home. More importantly, patients do not have to leave traditional Medicare and go into Medicare Advantage for this type of service.

This type of coordination is long overdue and necessary, and can be provided by doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, etc. This service will take more time to provide initially but should benefit patients in the long run, because poor coordination can lead to medical errors and mistakes that harm patients.

If you have questions about a medical mistake that should never have happened, call us at (202) 393-3320 for information on how you and your family can get help after medical malpractice in D.C., Virginia or Maryland.

And for more on this story, head over to The New York Times.