50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #43:
Eliminate beneficiary coinsurance for care coordination services not received in person

Adequate payment of providers for non-in-person care coordination services, like conversations with other treating doctors, assistance setting up appointments, and monitoring communications, is essential. The federal government recently established a system to pay Medicare physicians and other providers for this important care. To further encourage providers and beneficiaries to adopt and use these services, Congress should enact a law to eliminate beneficiary cost-sharing for this care, as it has done for preventive care and screenings.