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Joining us now from San Francisco's Denny Chin -- she's CEO of the American geriatrics society.
Not good -- to come -- that -- in the following up on on -- and if Karl.
I don't imagine though a lot of seniors are not happy about those cuts to Medicare Advantage.
Wonder things Bryant that was brought up by Nancy and there are actually our benefits and one of the important things to realize that.
The ability to make sure that care.
Is done well and in in ways that prevent.
Unnecessary hospitalizations which is -- measure quality of care.
Really is to the seniors benefit and in the health care legislation not only is there more effort.
Being put into training more health care professional for caring for an older society.
But there's also -- to make sure that people can prevent that need to go to hospitals.
And which case there's tremendous savings because we do know that what happens oftentimes when people who are older who end up in hospitals.
About one out of five and got back in the hospital within thirty days and we know that.
Her hospitalization that unnecessary 7000 dollars and 200 7200.
Dollar is spent so there ways that actually.
But the benefits will be stronger and help people stay help.
Yes and the point -- made about demographics you know nearly 8000 people on average every day turning sixty in America.
We talked about a potential shortage of primary care physicians -- do you think there's going to be a shortage of geriatric.
Without a doubt.
I think you previously had the chair -- our board doctor John were you talking about that.
I think the ability to make sure that people know.
How important it is to have physicians.
And nurse practitioners and physician assistants who understand how to care for people who have multiple chronic conditions and take multiple medications.
I think the -- care delivery systems that are being promoted for the future.
Will then recognize the skills and the competencies these people who have this specialty in geriatrics will bring.
There you know because I imagine it is a different skill set and maybe takes a little more time to learn obviously but -- but you wonder when you look at.
The potential for Medicare cuts when you look at Medicare Advantage price cuts would you look at an aging society.
I think that's why it's hard you know it's hard to debate this I guess just logically Jenny -- I think that's why so many people.
Worse so concerned about the bill it just didn't seem to add up.
You know cheaper cost -- better coverage.
And more people in the hospital it doesn't.
Seem to -- Well you know where it does that people forget.
It -- thing quoted by many think tanks both conservative and progressive.
That -- a tremendous amount of waste in the system.
Now if we -- redeployed.
Really the quality.
Of the things that are are safe you know we talk about saving money in fraud and abuse but just what happens when people go to the hospital unnecessarily.
I mean I hospitalization costs in what I pointed out to.
The fact that people end up back in hospitals that's a tremendous amount of money that could be redeployed really.
For the prevention side of it as well as -- being people maintain their well being at home.
By taking their medications correctly preventing situations that costs fall let herself.
Frequent for people one out of six one out of three people in a given year go to a situation where they have a fall in it would prevent that that prevented a hospital -- -- The Center for Disease Control has quoted that every hip fracture that a personal -- personal cost at least 20000 dollars if we can prevent that.
That's the Medicare money we can re deploy for war.
And better care for older people.
Jennie -- -- CEO the American geriatrics society.
Thank you very much for joining us.
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