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April 03, 2013

It’s time to scrap Medicare’s payment system, which costs too much money and doesn’t deliver results in protecting the health of beneficiaries, says a prestigious, bipartisan group of health policy experts. 

The fee-for-service system, which is the way doctors have been paid since Medicare opened for business in 1966, should be scrapp... Read More

February 05, 2013

If Al Lewis had it his way, when he reached Medicare age nine years from now he would be enrolled in a private insurance plan that provided high-quality coverage but also gave him a cut of the profits if he stuck with the plan. Sound like a dream? Lewis, who has built a career out of bridging the clinical and business sides of h... Read More

November 27, 2012
For Dr. Ardis Hoven and other veteran policymakers within the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest medical organization’s move to support transitioning Medicare away from a defined-benefit to a defined-contribution system has been a long time coming.

Hoven, an ... Read More

June 19, 2012

When the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT), three years into its operation, went through a “soul searching” mission to determine its goals and purpose, founding director Marianne Udow-Phillips helped it find its way. 

“It became clear that what we were doing was not going to ... Read More

May 21, 2012

It’s a commonly held belief that, when it comes to Medicare reform, stakeholders in the health care industry are as gridlocked as the members of Congress.

But things don’t have to be that way.

According to Mary R. Grealy,... Read More

May 17, 2012

The House Budget Committee approved two bills in early May that would prevent discretionary sequestration while keeping $16 billion in cuts to mandatory programs. That action drew the attention of The Center on ... Read More

May 10, 2012

Eugene Litvak may be the Stealth Bomber of the U.S. hospital industry.

Litvak, a former Soviet industrial engineer and Harvard adjunct professor, has been flying under the national radar for more than a decade with his tough-love message of efficient hospital operations management and focused process improvement.

Litvak and his New... Read More

February 29, 2012

In a politically charged environment where lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are searching for a solution to Medicare's financial woes, one agency created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and funded by Medicare has the luxury of turning a blind eye to concerns about the program's solvency.

Studies funded by the Patient-Centered Out... Read More

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