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Enhancing value in Medicare: demonstrations and other initiatives to improve the program

Contributor(s):
Guterman, Stuart.
Serber, Michelle P.
Commonwealth Fund.
Commission on a High Performance Health System.
Publication:
[New York, N.Y.] : Commonwealth Fund, [2007]
Language(s):
English
Format:
Text
Subject(s):
Medicare -- organization & administration
Pilot Projects
Quality of Health Care
Chronic Disease
Forecasting
Medicare -- economics
Medicare -- trends
Humans
United States
Genre(s):
Technical Report
Abstract:
Medicare was designed to deal primarily with the effects of acute illness, which was seen at the time of the program's inception as the major threat to the health and financial security of the aged. While it has fulfilled this purpose reasonably well, demographic and other changes pose new challenges to Medicare and the health care system as a whole. Moreover, that system must deal with sub-par performance, both on cost and quality. This report, which examines Medicare's efforts to play a more proactive role in the purchase of appropriate, high quality, and efficient health care for its beneficiaries, provides an overview of Medicare demonstrations, pilots, and other initiatives in two categories: chronic care and provider performance. The process of identifying, testing, evaluating, and implementing Medicare policy improvements is also discussed, and recommendations for improving that process are offered
Copyright:
Reproduced with permission of the copyright holder. Further use of the material is subject to CC BY license. (More information)
Illustrations:
Illustrations
NLM Unique ID:
101309759 (See catalog record)
Contributor(s):
Guterman, Stuart.
Serber, Michelle P.
Commonwealth Fund.
Commission on a High Performance Health System.
Publication:
[New York, N.Y.] : Commonwealth Fund, [2007]
Language(s):
English
Format:
Text
Subject(s):
Medicare -- organization & administration
Pilot Projects
Quality of Health Care
Chronic Disease
Forecasting
Medicare -- economics
Medicare -- trends
Humans
United States
Genre(s):
Technical Report
Abstract:
Medicare was designed to deal primarily with the effects of acute illness, which was seen at the time of the program's inception as the major threat to the health and financial security of the aged. While it has fulfilled this purpose reasonably well, demographic and other changes pose new challenges to Medicare and the health care system as a whole. Moreover, that system must deal with sub-par performance, both on cost and quality. This report, which examines Medicare's efforts to play a more proactive role in the purchase of appropriate, high quality, and efficient health care for its beneficiaries, provides an overview of Medicare demonstrations, pilots, and other initiatives in two categories: chronic care and provider performance. The process of identifying, testing, evaluating, and implementing Medicare policy improvements is also discussed, and recommendations for improving that process are offered
Copyright:
Reproduced with permission of the copyright holder. Further use of the material is subject to CC BY license. (More information)
Illustrations:
Illustrations
NLM Unique ID:
101309759 (See catalog record)