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Progress in Medicare Takes Many Forms: Moving Ahead with Maintenance Care After Jimmo

Somehow, although certainly not from a clear reading of the Medicare statute, it was long perceived as a rule that Medicare would only cover certain services if the patient was making measurable improvement.  This created the perverse circumstance that a

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“Death Panels” No More!

First, I want to applaud Senators Warner and Isakson, and the bipartisan group who joined them as original sponsors, for deciding it was time to do away with “death panels” by introducing the Care Planning Act of 2015 yesterday. Of

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Revisiting McAllen: Better Care Really Can Be Had at Lower Costs

At one time, not so very long ago, the thought was that better care often meant higher costs. Consequently, anyone who criticized the expense of the American health care system did so at their peril – the claim was considered

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Is MIPS the New SGR?

Amidst all of the celebration, for no one is truly sorry to see the SGR go, it is worth taking a step back and considering what we got in its place. MIPS  ̶  the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System – sounds

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