A bipartisan group of lawmakers are teaming up to propose new changes to health care with the goal of avoiding hospitalizations for seniors whenever possible.
Under the group's Better Care Program, doctors, nurses, and social workers would receive a flat fee for each Medicare patient they care for, with limited strings attached. One of the group's leaders is Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. The Democrat is expected to head up the Finance Committee, which oversees Medicare.
The group of legislators teamed up to look for new options because they believe physicians lack communication between one another and occasionally prescribe drugs that cross purposes.
The program was established due to a concern over older Medicare beneficiaries who often suffer from two or more chronic conditions.
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