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Coalition’s MACC Task Force Launches Care for Us Project, Welcomes New Partners

OCTOBER 14, 2015

Coalition’s MACC Task Force Launches Care for Us Project, Welcomes New Partners

Washington, D.C. – The Coalition for Medicare Choices’ (CMC) Medicare Advantage Care Coordination (MACC) Task Force announced today the launch of the Care for Us Project, a campaign to build awareness around best practices related to care coordination and disease management of specific chronic conditions prevalent among Medicare beneficiaries.

The MACC Task Force is a collaboration between leading aging, caregiver, patient, provider, minority health organizations and AHIP’s CMC. Through the Care for Us Project, the MACC Task Force will provide chronic care resources to beneficiaries, their family members, providers and the broader policy community on an ongoing basis and will focus on particular health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health, chronic kidney disease, and asthma and allergic diseases.

This week, the MACC Task Force will release a suite of tools, data, and resources related to awareness and management of multiple chronic conditions. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, approximately two out of three Medicare beneficiaries have multiple chronic conditions. These individuals are at increased risk for mortality and limited day-to-day functioning. Additionally, the number of chronic conditions increases with age. In fact, 78 percent of those 75-84 years and 83 percent of beneficiaries 85 years and older have two or more chronic conditions.

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“Nearly everyone, as they age, develops multiple chronic conditions and this increases the number of physicians they are seeing, number of medications they are on and maybe even your various treatment options,” said Cheri Lattimer, Executive Director of the Case Management Society of America, a member of the MACC Task Force. “A lot of people don’t realize there are so many dots to connect for people with multiple conditions – various physicians, nurses, case managers, educators, social workers, pharmacists all needing to work together to ensure we are sharing good information and communicating so the patient and their family caregiver understand how they need to work on their care.”

The MACC Task Force and its partners are focused on advancing best practices in care delivery to benefit millions of seniors across the country. The MACC Task Force includes the following organizations:

  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
  • American Chronic Pain Association
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
  • Black Women’s Health Imperative
  • Caregiver Action Network
  • Case Management Society of America
  • Direct Primary Care Coalition
  • Genetic Alliance
  • Global Liver Institute
  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
  • National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses
  • National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
  • National Consumers League
  • National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians
  • The National Grange
  • National Hispanic Council on Aging
  • National Hispanic Medical Association
  • naviHealth
  • RetireSafe
  • S. Pain Foundation
  • Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Visiting Nurse Associations of America

About the CMC MACC Task Force:  Seniors – particularly those with multiple chronic conditions – greatly benefit from care coordination. Yet care for many seniors is fragmented. This lack of coordination can compound health issues that beneficiaries are already facing. To address this important problem and critical need, AHIP’s Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) is collaborating with leading aging, caregiver, patient, provider and minority health organizations on a unique venture called the Medicare Advantage Care Coordination (MACC) Task Force. For more information about Task Force news and updates, go to www.medicarechoices.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter [@ProtectmyMA].

About Medicare Advantage:  Medicare Advantage is the part of Medicare through which private health plans provide comprehensive medical coverage to people over 65 and persons with disabilities. In addition to the hospital and physician coverage that is included in traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans also often include other benefits such as prescription drug, vision, hearing, dental, fitness, mental health, and management of chronic illness and disease. Nearly 17 million Americans, or roughly 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries, have chosen to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.