America’s largest public health program has contributed substantially to the well-being of America’s oldest citizens. Some say Medicare represents a working model of national health insurance. Yet, with fewer workers paying into the system since the recession began in December 2007, the program is moving closer to insolvency. Coupled with rising health costs, reforming Medicare is considered crucial.
REUTERS/Gary Cameron - Medical assistant Maria Cortez (R) takes a temperature reading from a patient at the La Clinica Del Pueblo community health clinic in Washington August 2, 2012.
Changes needed to fulfill the potential of Medicare's ACO program
April 8, 2015, Mark B. McClellan, S. Lawrence Kocot and Ross White
A recent proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) described a broad range of changes in the ACO program, in what could amount to “Version 2.0” of Medicare ACOs. Along with about 300 other organizations. In this post, we review the major areas of proposed changes along with our views and some notable comments submitted by other groups.
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Mark B. McClellan
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The Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Chair
Barbara J. Gage
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