Jan 16, 2014 12:35 Chronic care overhaul proposed for Medicare Chronic care overhaul proposed for Medicare In this May 21, 2013, file photo, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. speaks on Capitol Hill, in Washington. With a majority of Medicare beneficiaries dealing with two or more chronic conditions, a group of lawmakers from both political parties Wednesday proposed a new approach. Isakson is the co-sponsor of the Better Care Program where teams of doctors, nurses and social workers would get a flat fee per Medicare patient, with few strings attached. The goal is to keep seniors as healthy as possible, avoiding hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR| Associated Press Jan. 16, 2014 Comments WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing a new approach to health care aimed at avoiding hospitalizations for older people, when possible. They’re calling the initiative the Better Care Program. Under this concept, teams of doctors, nurses and social workers would get a flat fee per Medicare patient, with few strings attached. A principal player is Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat expected to take command of the Finance Committee, which oversees Medicare. These lawmakers banded together in search of new options in the belief that communications between and among physicians sometimes is lacking and physicians occasionally prescribe drugs that work at cross purposes. The spur for the group’s establishment was a concern by lawmakers about older Medicare beneficiaries who often have to deal with two or more chronic conditions.