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Chronic Care Legislation Advances in the Senate

The Senate Finance Committee has approved bipartisan legislation (S.870) aimed at improving the management of chronic conditions in the Medicare program. According to the Committee’s Ranking Democratic Member Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), “more than 90 percent of the Medicare dollar goes toward seniors who have two or more chronic conditions.”  The bill includes a variety of provisions to help patients with chronic conditions including providing greater flexibility for accountable care organizations, enhanced telehealth services, and changes to how Medicare Advantage plans serve chronic needs. There are no immediate plans to bring the bill to the Senate floor, but the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the legislation would decrease direct government spending by $217 million over 10 years, improving its chances for approval at some point. 

 

By Patrick Cooney, The Federal Group, Inc.
Legislative Representative, Dental Trade Alliance