Study calls for expanded Medicare preventive care coverage
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 18, 2010
Medicare should expand preventive care coverage by adopting reform measures that pay for increased care coordination, according to an article in the Dec. 23/30, 2009, Journal of the American Medical Association (link).
In addition, incentives to hire lower-salary health care professionals who are adept in counseling are lacking, researchers said. The article concludes that Medicare payments should be aligned with the care recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
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