Letter to Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group
The Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) welcomes the opportunity to provide a response to the Senate Finance Committee’s May 22, 2015, request for recommendations based on real world experience and data-driven evidence that improves care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. As the Committee request indicates, addressing chronic care is a pressing issue in Medicare. CDC data shows that more than two-thirds (68.4 percent) of Medicare beneficiaries had two or more chronic conditions and more than one-third (36.4 percent) had four or more chronic conditions. The significant personal implications and societal consequences, as well as the financial demands of these numbers warrant the Committee’s attention and action.
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