Medicare Needs Responsible Solutions, Not Harmful Benefit Cuts

AARP writes that Washington can start to put Medicare on stable ground by clamping down on drug companies’ high prices; improving coordination of care and use of technology; and cutting out unnecessary testing, excess paperwork, waste and fraud. The organization lists Independent Health’s digital medical record database as an example of using technology to improve coordination of care. The database allows doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to conduct an Internet-like search to pull up their patients’ pharmacy, lab and test results; allergies; diagnoses; and hospital and doctor records —saving time and reducing the chances of medical errors.