CHA News Article

Senate Finance Committee Reintroduces Bill to Address Chronic Illness

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee reintroduced S. 870, the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017. Aiming to strengthen and improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions, the bill would:

  • Expand the Independence at Home program, which allows seniors to receive specialized care at home
  • Improve flexibility in the Medicare Advantage program by allowing plans to tailor coordination and benefits to specific patient groups, permanently extending special needs plans¬†and expanding supplemental benefits
  • Allow certain accountable care organizations to use their own money to help patients afford primary care services, and provide the option to assign beneficiaries prospectively rather than retrospectively
  • Expand the use and flexibility of telehealth services

A one-page summary and a section-by-section summary of the bill are attached. The bill was previously introduced in December 2016 and remains largely unchanged.