Recently, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee established a dedicated chronic care workgroup in order to develop legislative solutions to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions. In order to guide and inform their efforts, they reached out to stakeholders in order to seek recommendations, examples of real world experience and thoughtful discourse in order to help improve care for this vulnerable patient population.

Kindred agrees that much needs to be done to fill the gap for the chronically ill who desperately need coordinated care and whose health care costs are disproportionately large. Because we have a unique perspective in managing patient care – most of which is for patients with multiple chronic conditions – across the entire continuum of care, Kindred responded to the opportunity and submitted a response to the Chronic Care Working Group.

In a letter co-authored by Kindred’s President and CEO, Ben Breier, and Bill Altman, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Policy, Integrated Care, we shared Kindred’s experiences to help improve patient centered care management for patients that often suffer from multiple chronic conditions. In part, the letter states, “Consistent with national demographics, clinicians in Kindred care settings across the continuum are increasingly caring for patients living with multiple chronic conditions. Because they suffer from several ongoing illnesses, these patients present additional challenges in treating their primary – often unrelated – care needs. In order to best meet patient need and deliver medical and rehabilitative care that best supports recovery and return home, Kindred has significantly expanded our care management capabilities as we test innovative approaches to care such as bundled payments and shared savings.”

In addition to detailing our experience, the response details Kindred’s support for efforts including the Better Care, Lower Cost Act, and the Independence at Home demonstration and provides recommendations to build on these programs to better support patients with chronic conditions.

Kindred committed to work with the Committee, staff and all stakeholders in order to develop policies that will improve care for patients with chronic conditions and advance progressive post-acute care reform to ensure the delivery of high quality and efficient care that Medicare beneficiaries deserve.

Read Kindred's formal comment to the Senate Finance Committee:

 

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