Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Vermont Medicare progam to serve as the model for feds

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
 
cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:12 AM
Original message
Vermont Medicare progam to serve as the model for feds




By JENNIFER C. KERR The Associated Press - Published: September 17, 2009


WASHINGTON The Obama administration announced a new Medicare pilot program Wednesday to strengthen primary care services for patients and cut costly emergency room visits by offering financial incentives to doctors.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the three-year pilot program would begin early next year and is modeled after a program being tested in Vermont.

Under the Vermont program, private insurers work with Medicaid to set uniform standards for so-called "medical homes" a single doctor or practice that will track all the patient's required care. The model provides financial incentives for doctors to spend more time with patients and offer better care by coordinating with specialists. That program would now extend to Medicare.

Medicaid is the federal-state program that provides health insurance to the poor. Medicare is the federal program that provides health insurance to the elderly.

<snip>

http://www.timesargus.com/article/20090917/BUSINESS/909...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:48 AM
Response to Original message
1. k/r
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:10 AM
Response to Original message
2. OK, I don't understand wha that means. I understand the
funancial incentives part, but what are they aupposed to be coordinating with specialists? Dost that mean the primary doc won't have to sent a patient to a specialist? I actually agreer with that. I lived the first 64 years of my life never having seen a specialist for anything! My primary doc handled everything, and I think these docs are far too eager to send you to a specialist now for some things they could well handle themselves
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:49 AM
Response to Reply #2
3. coordinating with nurse practitioners, nurses, other docs
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:21 AM
Response to Original message
4. damn, can i have one?
can we all have one? this is a great idea. i have been down this- referred to a specialist and treated forever for something that the pcp would have taken care of right away. just to make the pcp's responsible to know what the hell the specialist is doing would be a big improvement.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Tue Sep 16th 2014, 06:48 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC