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Study Shows Better-Informed Medicare Patients Can Cut Costs

The USA Today reports on a Harvard University study shows that providing patients with more information about their conditions and better managing their medications can "slow the revolving door of Medicare patients in and out of hospitals by about 20%".

A earlier study showed that 1 in 5 Medicare patients are readmitted to hospital within 30 days of a previous admission.  Moreover, Medicare currently spend $17 billion a year to pay for patients who are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their last stay.

Researchers found that patients' doctors often did not have a complete list of medications that their other doctors had prescribed them.  Without this information, the doctors were at risk to prescribe drugs that react badly with the patient's other medications.

Randi Berkowitz, a geriatrics instructor at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, said that patients did not understand the care they were receiving or needed... They think they're sicker than they are, or they don't understand how sick they are."

USA Today
By Kelly Kennedy
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Touchstone Health HMO, Inc. is a Medicare-approved Health Maintenance Organization with a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug contract with the federal government and a contract with the New York State Medicaid program. The plan is available to anyone enrolled in Part A and Part B through age or disability and who continues to pay their Medicare Part B premium. Copayment, service area, and benefit limitations apply. Members must use contracted providers to receive plan benefits, except in an emergency, urgent care, and for out-of-area dialysis. The Touchstone Health Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans are Total, Prestige, Power, Clear and Freedom. Enrollment in Touchstone Health depends on contract renewal.