New flexibility for Medicare Advantage (MA) program represents a major turning point in Medicare policy and an opportunity for health insurers and providers to work together in new and more productive ways.
Transitional care programs — where a multidisciplinary team comprehensively assesses a patient’s medical and psychosocial needs, addresses modifiable barriers, and links them to primary care — can help address critical gaps in care for people with complex needs moving between locations of care, such as from hospital to home. These programs vary widely, both in terms of what services they provide, and whether services are delivered before hospital discharge, after discharge, or as part of a “bridging” intervention with both pre- and post-discharge components. A comparative effectiveness trial...
Impact of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants on Utilization and Costs for Complex Patients
A Turning Point in Medicare Policy: Guiding Principles for New Flexibility Under Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill
For frail older adults with complex care needs, an inpatient hospital stay is destabilizing and often marks the beginning of a decline in functioning. For these older adults and their families, the post-hospital period is a risky, confusing, and stressful time. Providers, payers, hospitals and health systems should look for ways to innovate their care delivery models and to manage and improve care for their patients.