Journal Article Implementing Health Care Reform - Why Medicare Matters
Robert A. Berenson
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In this Perspective, Robert Berenson reviews the likely impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the Medicare program. Medicare savings made up more than half of the price tag for the ACA's insurance coverage expansions and extended the solvency of the Part A trust fund by 12 years, to 2029. The article reviews the likelihood that these payment reductions are sustainable and discusses other important innovations that will effect the Medicare program, including the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation that will test important new approaches for restructuring how health care is delivered and the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which by 2014 will have authority to make spending reductions in Medicare, subject to Congressional review.
Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Federal health care reform Health care delivery and payment Health equity Health care systems and managed care plans Medicare
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