What's next for Medicare spending?

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    Health Beat Blog looks at very recent trends in Medicare spending:

    One of the more interesting possibilities for this trend? Realignment of the health care system, particularly on the provider end (an example of which was posted in another thread at the end of last year).

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    The real trick will be to watch whether that curve continues to bend like that over the next few years. And, less passively, to continue rolling out cost control mechanisms (namely, payment and delivery system reforms) to try and ensure that it does.
     
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    Thanks for that latest press release from OIRA! :rolleyes:
     
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    Peter Orszag chipped in a bit of perspective last week as to a possible reason Medicare costs have been slowing down as of late in "Medicare Spending Slows as Hospitals Improve Care."

     
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    Part 3 of this exciting saga is up over at health beat blog looking at how providers--hospitals in particular--are cutting the fat. There's a nice round-up of stories on hospitals saving money on preventing readmissions, forming accountable care organizations, using checklists to provide care, making full use of new IT systems, cutting down on medical errors, and supporting palliative care.

     

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