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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Medicare Is Taking A Page From Priceline

Article from Kaiser Foundation news: 
By Phil Galewitz

"The Obama administration is offering a new pricing strategy for doctors and hospitals looking to improve care and lower costs of treating Medicare beneficiaries.

It could be called “Name Your Own Price” — except that’s already taken by a certain online travel website that has a certain Star Trek actor as its pitchman. But the principle is the same.

On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a Medicare pilot program that will pay participating hospitals, doctors and other health providers one, “bundled,” payment to treat a patient for a single episode of care. The program starts in 2012. To participate, providers will have to bid less, in total, than what Medicare would pay each provider separately. The traditional Medicare program pays each hospital and doctor a separate fee for its services, which critics say leads to uncoordinated care and incentives to drive up Medicare bills."

Read the full article here

We all know what happens with government programs and low bid.  Is this what you want for your healthcare?   This is more healthcare delivery instead of true health care.

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