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Proposal Would Give Medicare Patients More Access to Preventative Care for Diabetes, Alzheimer’s

Proposed rules issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) would mean that those living with conditions like Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease would have access to more preventative care. CMS announced last week that the proposed rule changes would […]


Trusts & Estates - Fraser TrebilcockProposed rules issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) would mean that those living with conditions like Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease would have access to more preventative care.

CMS announced last week that the proposed rule changes would improve how Medicare pays for services provided by primary care physicians and other practitioners for patients with multiple chronic conditions, mental and behavioral health issues, as well as cognitive impairment or mobility-related impairments.

“[These] proposals are intended to give a significant lift to the practice of primary care and to boost the time a physician can spend with their patients listening, advising and coordinating their care — both for physical and mental health,” said CMS Acting Administrator Slavitt. “If this rule is finalized, it will put our nation’s money where its mouth is by continuing to recognize the importance of prevention, wellness, and mental health and chronic disease management.”

CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule until September 6, 2016, and will respond to comments in a final rule.

To learn more about these efforts to support and improve access to primary care, visit the CMS Blog.

Mysliwiec, Melisa

 

Fraser Trebilcock provides counsel on all matters relating to the legal planning for care and support of those needing Medicare and Medicaid. Attorney Melisa M. W. Mysliwiec focuses her work in the areas of Elder Law and Medicaid planning, estate planning, and trust and estate administration. She can be reached at mmysliwiec@fraserlawfirm.com or 616-301-0800. You can also click here to learn more about our Trusts & Estates practice.