This brief from the Commonwealth Fund gives recommendation on how to reenvision care delivery models and develop policies and practices that protect Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions after reviewing literature on how COVID-19 impacted these vulnerable populations. The brief:
- summarizes the ways in which the coronavirus pandemic has affected Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions, both directly through the risk of severe illness and indirectly through the disruption of care,
- outlines the policies that have been implemented thus far to protect this population, and
- identifies additional policy options, including telemedicine and hospital-at-home programs, that may allow Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions to more easily manage their diseases and access care during the pandemic.