More Medicare cash for congestive heart failure
This article was originally published in Clinica
Medicare managed care plans will receive extra cash to cover patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) from the beginning of 2002. CHF is the leading cause of hospitalisation among Medicare beneficiaries. Some 2.4 million patients have been diagnosed with the chronic disease, which the Healthcare Financing Administration (HCFA) says can be managed effectively in an outpatient setting. HCFA, which administrates Medicare, is issuing guidelines to ensure that the treatments are adequately reimbursed.