Chronic illness is now the dominant feature of health care, and its impact will grow with the aging of the population. Managed care could provide an environment conducive to better care for chronically ill patients. A precondition for these activities is a shift in Medicare payment approaches to managed care organizations to recognize differences in risk. To improve care for the chronically ill, changes need to occur in two major areas: (1) The approach to chronic care needs to become more aggressive, with higher expectations about the benefits from care (even if measured by slowing the rate of decline), and (2) an information infrastructure is needed to help focus clinicians' attention on changes in patients' status. Some of these changes may eventually evolve spontaneously in managed care's search for more efficient ways of meeting its service obligations, but external forces, such as certification and federal mandates, could catalyze the transition.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of the American Geriatrics Society|
|State||Published - Aug 1998|