Financing of Care for Fatal Chronic Disease

Opportunities for Medicare Reform

Published in: Western Journal of Medicine, v. 175, no. 5, Nov. 2001, p. 299-302

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2001

by Joanne Lynn, Anne Wilkinson, Lynn Etheredge

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Comprehensive and high-quality care for persons with eventually fatal chronic illness can be an adverse business strategy for providers. Severity of illness and expectation of declining status should trigger tailored services and payment policies, rather than linking services to limited prognosis.

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