Trade Group Promotes Chronic Care Innovation

The dramatic increase in the number of Americans between the ages of 45 and 64 who will soon be aging into Medicare—many of them with multiple, chronic conditions—will require widespread adoption of innovative care management strategies, according to written comments submitted in June to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, by the American Health Quality Association (AHQA), the QIO trade association. Finance is requesting recommendations from industry groups in advance of bipartisan legislation expected from the Committee later this year or early next year. In its letter, AHQA makes a number of recommendation including expanding self management education programs for individuals with diabetes and hypertension, offering incentives that support community-based care transition programs, advancing the patient-centered medical home concept, reforming reimbursement for home-based emergency services and expanding hospice-based palliative care coverage. For more information on AHQA’s policy recommendations, visit the association’s website at www.ahqa.org.