A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing a series of reforms to improve how Medicare treats its sickest and most expensive patients.
New legislation from Sens. Ron WydenRon WydenOvernight Finance: Trump slump: Stocks fall as hopes fade | Trump repeals 'blacklisting rule' | GOP looks to tax bill for lifeline: Senate Dem calls for ethics probe of Treasury secretary The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee MORE (D-Ore.) and Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonOvernight Finance: Senators spar over Wall Street at SEC pick's hearing | New CBO score for ObamaCare bill | Agency signs off on Trump DC hotel lease GOP senators offer bill to require spending cuts with debt-limit hikes Schumer to House GOP: 'Turn back before it's too late' MORE (R-Ga.) and Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Peter WelchPeter WelchSanders says he will introduce 'Medicare for all' bill Dem lawmakers propose bill to regulate drone data collection Cummings: Trump commits to strong push for Medicare drug price negotiation MORE (D-Vt.) would attempt to improve care for chronically ill seniors by revamping how their providers are paid.
Isakson predicted that the bill would "unleash the creativity of the medical community" toward better assisting older patients with difficult conditions.
The bill "addresses our healthcare system's challenge of managing chronic medical condition by allowing patients to voluntarily enroll in a program that incentivizes healthcare providers to invest in prevention," he said in a statement.
If it passed, the legislation would be part of a wider movement to reform how healthcare is delivered and paid for in the United States.
Congress has taken small steps toward rewarding quality, but federal health programs still reimburse on a mostly fee-for-service basis.
AARP backed the legislation in a statement, noting that 75 percent of healthcare dollars are spent on chronic disease.
"It is important to better coordinate and improve the quality of care for these individuals … rather than to just ask individuals to continue to pay more for their healthcare," said AARP Legislative Policy Director David Certner in a statement.