image description

District Policy Group Summarizes New Chronic Care Legislation Introduced by Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden

March 5, 2014
District Policy Group President Ilisa Halpern Paul authored a summary of the bipartisan Better Care, Lower Cost Act (S. 1932/H.R. 3890) recently introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (R-OR) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Representatives Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Peter Welch (D-VT). The goal of the legislation is to improve the care provided to chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries by eliminating some of the barriers that providers, insurers, economists, and health policy experts have identified under the current fee-for-service reimbursement system. The bill also removes some of the restrictions and limitations that currently apply to federal accountable care organizations (ACOs), such as attribution of patients. Given that Senator Wyden recently became chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Medicare program, greater attention is being paid to this proposal. To read the bill summary, please click here.