Drugs & Aging

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 371–374

Improving Elder Care by Integrating Geriatric Expertise into Medicare

A Proposal
Current Opinion

DOI: 10.2165/00002512-200522050-00002

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Nusbaum, N.J. Drugs Aging (2005) 22: 371. doi:10.2165/00002512-200522050-00002


The Medicare programme already funds a large proportion of the medical care for older Americans. However, geriatricians are an underutilised resource for improving the quality of care delivered with Medicare funding, particularly to the most complex patients. Recent legislative changes will increase the involvement of the Medicare programme in the area of outpatient medications. This offers an important opportunity to bring geriatric consultation to bear on a broad range of geriatric prescribing issues, including polypharmacy, pharmacological undertreatment and inappropriate prescription choice.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at RockfordRockfordUSA

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