Informing the National Policy Debate on Medicare’s Future and Provider Payment Reform

With the U.S. Congress and the president likely to turn to addressing the federal budget deficit in 2013, this project will conduct a series of analyses to inform the following: 1) the search for a low-cost method of amending the formula for determining Medicare’s physician payment updates; 2) actions by the Department of Health and Human Services to spread innovations in health care payment and delivery being tested in the Medicare program; and 3) implementation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, with recommendations for holding growth in Medicare spending below per capita economic growth, plus a small margin. Project staff will update previous analyses of a proposed comprehensive Medicare benefit and the performance of Medicare relative to employer-based private health insurance; consider new ways to streamline and rationalize private-sector provider payment negotiation; and produce recommendations for translating successful innovation pilots into Medicare policy.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator:
Karen Davis, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 13, 2012

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