By Forbes.com, 2/23/2013
The number of doctors enrolled in Medicare last year has hardly changed since 2005, and participants have increased less than 5%. Doctors have recently averted a 27% cut in Medicare payments, but that will only last until the end of the year. There are simply no financial incentives for them to care for the sickest people.
Hall of fame basketball coach John Wooden offered many pearls of wisdom during his illustrious career. The one seniors should be asking their PCP and specialist doctors is: “If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
Don’t kid yourself. When it comes to achieving better health outcomes for seniors – especially for those living with multiple major and chronic health challenges – there is no substitute for adequate face time with your doctor.
ChenMed is a privately owned medical, consulting and technology company working to positively change American health care through primary care innovation primarily for the neediest populations. Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed journal at the intersection of health, health care and policy, recently published a scientific paper showing how ChenMed’s highly effective and scalable model for senior health care improves quality outcomes and results in days in hospital that are 38 percent lower than the national average for seniors.
The word is out, and the word is better health outcomes. Some 21,000 seniors in nearly 30 cities* are now telling friends and relatives about the extraordinary care they are receiving from board certified physicians and specialist doctors at Chen and JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers.
The innovative and patient-focused ChenMed model of medicine continues to deliver vital quality of life and longevity gains for seniors. For example, ChenMed beats the national average for senior days in hospital by 38 percent.
In addition to designing buildings acclaimed worldwide, Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe popularized three sayings that readily apply to the delivery of excellent health care to seniors:
- “Less is more.”
- “God is in the details.”
- “I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.”