Vulnerable elderly receive mediocre health care, study finds
The quality of care for vulnerable elderly people on Medicaid and Medicare is “mediocre,” the authors of a new study concluded.
Researchers did a cohort study of 100,528 dual Medicaid/Medicare enrollees from 19 California counties who were age 75 and older in 1999 and 2000. They measured the care provided for 44 quality indicators (QIs) by condition, like heart failure, and intervention, such as medication, using QIs developed by the Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders project. The article was published in the October Medical Care.
This study, as summarized by the American College of Physicians, found "medicore" care for elderly dual Medicare/Medicaid enrollees. This is the sickest, toughest population to treat. Reimbursement is less than mediocre, though that's no excuse.