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Medicare, Medicaid, Health Reform

As a natural outcome of program incentives, physicians and other health care providers are motivated to deliver more services as a means to increase Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payments. Chronic overtreatment, and the resulting overpayment, has led Medicare into its current financial crisis. Medicare’s private insurance plans, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans,...
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has published its first set of proposed national priorities for research, Draft National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda Version 1. This 22-page publication highlights five focus areas for use in guiding comparative clinical effectiveness research and funding announcements. The Institute invites comments from...
A third of U.S. health care expenditures are spent on care for the elderly.  In terms of overall medical and drug spending, the top five conditions among the elderly are: Heart conditions Cancer Osteoarthritis and non-traumatic joint disorders Hypertension Trauma-related disorders Every year, of the 40 million seniors in the U.S. who live at home...

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