Nation's sickest seniors reshape healthcare

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Nation's sickest seniors reshape healthcare

10,000 SENIORS COST MEDICARE $1 BILLION; CONTAINING COSTS A CHALLENGE AS NATION AGES

By Meghan Hoyer, USA TODAY Two-thirds of traditional Medicare beneficiaries older than 65 have multiple chronic conditions, according to a USA TODAY analysis of county-level Medicare data. More than 4 million — about 15% — have at least six long-term ailments. Those sickest seniors account for more than 41% of the $324 billion spent on traditional Medicare.

As Baby Boomers begin to move into the Medicare years, they are — by the measure of medical diagnoses — sicker than their predecessors, researchers say. Read more

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