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Coalition’s ideas for boosting care of patients with chronic conditions

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The National Coalition on Health Care recommends that to  improve care of patients with chronic conditions in Medicare Advantage, Medicare ACOs and other plans:

  • Congress should pass legislation to encourage health plans and ACOs to invest program dollars in targeted social and long-term services and supports.
  • Integration of mental-health and primary-care settings should be promoted.
  • A Medicaid prospective payment system for community behavioral- health clinics should meet high standards of care and  coordinate and deliver both primary care and behavioral-health services to their patients.
  • That patient-centered care should especially be encouraged when chronic disease evolves into serious or advanced illness.
  • Palliative-care options should always be available  and made known to patients.

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