Better care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions could prevent some 1.7 million hospitalizations and save Medicare more than $30 billion in 2004, the Information Technology Association of America said.
The CMS is already working on improving chronic care, last month launching a three-year pilot program on disease management for chronic conditions.
The House Ways and Means Committee was scheduled to discuss the CMS initiative and general principles for chronic care at hearing today.
Some 8 million Medicare beneficiaries have five or more chronic conditions, accounting for more than two-thirds of Medicare's 2004 spending, the IT association said in a white paper.
The group recommended better communication between caregivers and patients; use of decision-support systems and other information systems to improve quality; and use of electronic records systems to promote accountability. Read the white paper.