Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Efficient health care

For the past 18 months, the federal Medicare bureaucracy has been testing a big new idea, and they've discovered something that a child could have told them: paying more for better health care is efficient.

Center for Medicare Services administrator, Dr. Mark McClellan, said Medicare's rules force the agency to pay for duplicative tests and services, and to cover readmissions that would not have been necessary if patients had received better care the first time.

Bills are currently pending the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee.

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