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Meaningful deficit reduction can't take place without a serious look at health care spending. However, health care spending cannot be reduced significantly “without radical rethinking of how we provide care,” according to Louis Burns, chief executive officer of Intel-GE Care Innovations, a CAST sponsor.
Burns’ comments appeared recently on The Hill, a Washington, DC-based newspaper written for and about the U.S. Congress. In the publication’s Congress Blog, Burns urges legislators to make it easier for high-cost patients with multiple chronic diseases to receive proactive, preventive care in the place they call home.
Already Being Done
Burns shares 3 examples of programs that have already proven that they can deliver better quality care and save health care dollars by keeping patients at home:
Technology is the Key
Technology could make it possible for millions of older Americans to recover from an illness or serious operation at home instead of in a hospital or nursing facility, says Burns.
“By harnessing the power of technology, we can give seniors more control over their health, help them avoid more complex or new conditions and make more efficient use of our physicians, nurses and other caregivers,” he writes. Burns also suggests that reaching out to deliver care to people where they live is preferable to waiting for patients to seek care on their own or waiting until those patients experience an emergency.
“Today, our system is reactive and acute-driven, and we know it doesn’t work,” concludes Burns. “Any new legislation to reduce Medicare and Medicaid spending should incentivize proven solutions that deliver what seniors want and our country needs—high quality care at a lower cost.”