Testimony Options to Improve Quality and Efficiency Among Medicare Physicians
Testimony Before the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health
Robert A. Berenson
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Senior fellow Robert Berenson, testifying before the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee on physician payment reform options in Medicare, argued that long-term approaches need to include bundled payments as an alternative to traditional fee-for-service payments, especially for primary care physicians caring for patients with chronic conditions. Because these reforms are operationally challenging and will require demonstrations of effectiveness, Berenson also suggested reforms to the existing resource-based relative value scale (the basis for the Medicare Fee Schedule) that could be implemented immediately.

Research Areas Health and health care Aging and retirement
Tags Health care delivery and payment Health equity Hospitals and physicians Medicare Medicare and private health insurance Retirement policy
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