“The world isn’t flat” – Altarum Institute

“The Medicare Trust Fund presently spends $10 billion a year subsidizing the education of our clinical workforce on how NOT to care for older adults.”

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by Michael Wasserman, MD | Altarum Institute

“Care coordination is one of the most popular solutions to saving Medicare. But, while it may be a useful tool, it has limitations. For example, what if an effective care coordination model taught people that the world is flat? Would that make the world flat? Of course not! Care coordination that is instituted with clinicians who don’t know how to appropriately care for older adults has, and will, struggle to yield effective results. The Medicare Trust Fund presently spends $10 billion a year subsidizing the education of our clinical workforce on how NOT to care for older adults.  Providing better coordination of inappropriate care has not and will not yield significant results. Isn’t it time for this to change?

“Geriatric medicine is the specialty that focuses on the care of older adults. Geriatricians approach their patients from a person-centered perspective, focusing on function and quality of life. With the ‘geriatric approach to care’ I can say that I have stopped more prescription medications in my career than I have started! How many other physicians can make that same claim? ”

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