Politicians have for years been caught in a political squeeze when it comes to Medicare. They are under increasing pressure to find a way to control rising costs of the program. But politically active seniors are the ones who scream the loudest when there is talk of cuts. But that doesn't mean innovative thinking about Medicare went completely by the wayside.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a new Web site offering researchers access to data on the cost and utilization of health care services around the United States.
Proponents have called the creation of a new Medicare payment board one of the most promising cost control elements in the entire health care overhaul plan. That's because beginning in 2014, the 15-member panel of health care experts will have the authority to rein in long-term growth in Medicare spending that Congress could not easily block.