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Medicare Changes Should Assist The Disabled

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Jun 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

With the passage of the so-called Chronic Care Act (CCA), Congress has taken a large step in the direction of making Medicare available for the management and prevention of certain disabling conditions, rather than simply paying doctors to treat these conditions.  Traditionally, Medicare has reimbursed doctors and hospitals for the services they provide.   This approach did not do much to mitigate the consequences of such long-term health problems and diabetes, arthritis, and Parkinson's disease.  

An Ounce Of Cure

Under CCA, Medicare will now pay for interventions that could reduce the amount of hands-on medical care that these disabling

New And Improved

conditions require.  These interventions could include things like in-home visits by nurses or therapists. Such visits could spot and redress problems that might become acute otherwise, resulting in hospitalization or other invasive treatments.

The Doctor Will C U Now

CCA will further provide monetary incentives to healthcare providers who use what is often called "TeleHealth." This simply means that doctors at a distance can review a patient's care via the Internet with the use of cameras and microphones.  The thinking beyond this incentive is that a small hospital might not have a specialist available to address unusual medical issues. But, if such an expert can examine the patient's situation remotely, the specialist could direct treatment that could forestall a patient getting worse.

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The Little Black Bag Has Competition Now

CCA will also authorize remedies that are not even medical. For example, paying a handyman to install handrails in a shower or make other modifications to a home that might prevent a fall or other injury.  CCA will also boost the use of taxis to help patients get to their medical appointments. 

Good News For The Disabled.

It seems apparent that addressing the issues that cause medical problems, rather than just treating those problems later, is a smart idea. If you are disabled and in need of some of the services CCA provides, contact Medicare or your Medicare supplement provider.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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