If you’ve been hearing a lot about chronic care management, coordinated care, or even your doctor wanting to prescribe one of these for you, there is good reason. Medicare is changing the way they pay doctors, giving them more reasons to focus on quality of service, and paying for health benefits like coordinated care to improve patient health.
This is all really great news for you! Here’s why.
Medicare is working hard to improve healthcare by making it more proactive, personal and patient-focused. One way they are doing this is by moving toward paying doctors for value of care rather than volume of care. The hope is that when doctors focus on quality rather than quantity, patients will receive better care, get more active in their health and reaching their health goals, and stay healthier longer.
Coordinated care is a huge part of this move toward improving healthcare. Coordinated care involves doing everything possible to make sure all your doctors and any caregivers or family members you choose get on the same page about your health. This requires getting all your medical records together and making them available to your healthcare providers. It includes someone advocating on your behalf to get you the care you need, answering your questions day or night, and helping you follow up on your doctor’s orders. And it means saving you time, money and stress by helping you avoid medical errors, duplicate tests, expensive treatments, emergency room visits and hospital stays.
While this is important for everyone to have, it can be especially important if you have chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis or cancer, or multiple health concerns. You may be seeing many different types of doctors or taking several medications. You may have caregivers involved or family members who are helping you recover from illnesses, manage conditions, or reach your health goals.
For every medication you take, it’s important to know how it reacts with other medications. For every doctor you see, there are test results or health information that could be valuable information for your other doctors to have.
With coordinated care services, all your medications, medical records, doctor’s instructions, allergies, appointments, test results and more can be put in one place with someone looking out for your best interests 24/7/365. When your doctor prescribes it for you, it’s like he or she is saying, “I want you to be taken care of the way you deserve, even when you’re not in my office. This is how I can make sure that happens.”