SeniorBridge's Dr. Eric Rackow discusses healthcare reform and seniors in the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times - April 2, 2010
"The opinion article addresses important misperceptions about healthcare reform programs that result in quality-of-life and economic benefits.
Our Medicare system was designed for acute, short-term care, but as we grow older, so does the need for continuous care for multiple chronic conditions.
Though we may not all agree on how to pay for newly passed healthcare legislation, we must recognize that coordinating care of Medicare beneficiaries will reduce emergency room visits and unnecessary hospitalizations. This will reduce costs and focus our healthcare system on providing services that enhance function, wellness and comfort.
Incentives to treat Medicare beneficiaries in their homes with a multidisciplinary team of professional geriatric care managers and in-home caregivers who collaborate with healthcare, social service, legal and financial providers will assure continuity of care and fill gaps in the care plan to support patients and families."
Eric C. Rackow
The writer is chief executive of SeniorBridge.
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