Improving Population Health Outcomes for Medicare Beneficiaries
The last of our country’s baby boomers are reaching retirement age, making them eligible for Medicare. When this younger group of ‘trailing edge’ boomers joins the ‘leading age’ boomers (seniors approaching 80 years), Medicare enrollment will catapult to 80 million beneficiaries by 2040.
Our senior population is living longer and presents more complex healthcare needs than previous generations. The National Council on Aging reports that 80% of older adults have one chronic illness while nearly 70% have two or more – meaning more people than ever before will rely on our nation’s healthcare delivery system.
In turn, establishing an effective population health management strategy is even more critical for health plans trying to control increasing costs and promote healthy living among older adults, particularly those with chronic disease and who reside in post-acute settings.