Monday 11 Dec 2017

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Medicare Launches Revamp For Heart Attacks, Hip Fractures

Medicare wants to start changing how it pays for the treatment of life-threatening conditions.

The goal is to promote quality and contain costs by encouraging doctors, hospitals and rehab centers to coordinate care.

Ninety-eight metro areas will be involved in a cardiac care experiment, and 67 in a hip surgery test.

It’s part of a big push under the Obama administration to reinvent Medicare, steering away from paying for services regardless of quality and cost.

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2 Comments

  1. Hope a lot will benefit from this revamp and lessen the need for expensive out-of-pocket payments. For the meantime, we need to supplement the Original Medicare with Medigap plans.

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  2. tashagloom says:

    Medicare Modernization Act or MMA which was enacted back in 2003, literally made it so that the government could not negotiate drug prices for medicare patients. big pharma can simply charge whatever they deem the most profitable. and that is exactly what’s happened.
    do a little google search for the top 5-10 pharmaceutical companies. look at how much money the CEOs make…..see how much lobbyists paid to make sure legislation is written that ensures they can keep up the YUGE profit margins.
    meanwhile BIG PHARMA is selling the same drugs to canada for chump change. or should i call it trump change?

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