A new study delivered to lawmakers on the congressional debt panel says the government could save more than $125 billion on medical care for the most frail Medicare and Medicaid patients.
About 9 million seniors and disabled people are eligible for both programs. Coordinating the care they receive could avoid hospitalizations and stave off other medical complications, the study found. Savings were estimated for a ten-year period.
The study was prepared by Emory University professor Ken Thorpe, a former senior health policy adviser in the Bill Clinton administration.
It was sponsored by the health insurance industry trade group, whose members are telling the government their management skills can improve care for the most vulnerable patients while saving taxpayers' money. Previously, the Congressional Budget Office has been skeptical of similar claims.