How Medicare Can Lead Efforts to Reward Value, Not Volume
As many observers have noted, one of the most serious flaws in the U.S. health care system is the way health care is paid for: the predominant fee-for-service system rewards providers for the volume of services delivered, not necessarily for care that is more effective and efficient.
In a new Commonwealth Fund issue brief, experts argue that the health care system as a whole would do well to emulate top-performing providers that embrace accountability for health care quality, outcomes, and cost. And they say the Medicare program—the nation’s largest payer for health care—is the logical place to start.
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