• McAllen, Texas: Tailored Solutions to High Spending Are Needed

    In a New Yorker article this week, Atul Gawande revisits McAllen, Texas. In 2009, Gawande pointed out that Medicare spent about $7,000 more per person annually than the national average in McAllen, sparking a flurry of activity to figure out what was behind the high spending and ultimately leading...

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  • With SGR Repeal, Now We Can Proceed with Medicare Payment Reform

    The Commonwealth Fund’s Stuart Guterman explains how new Medicare legislation replaces the old payment formula with an approach that rewards high-performing providers while supporting alternative payment models such as accountable care organizations.

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  • Medicare: 50 Years of Ensuring Coverage and Care

    As Medicare prepares to mark its 50th anniversary in July 2015, there is a lot to celebrate. For 50 years, Medicare has accomplished its two key goals: ensure access to health care for its elderly and disabled beneficiaries, and protect them against the financial hardship of health care costs.

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