Medicare Getting Revamp In 2016
Among the changes coming this year, Medicare will pay clinicians to counsel patients about options for care at the end of life, and beneficiaries will be able to pick an Accountable Care Organization.
The Associated Press:
Medicare Is Changing: What’s New For Beneficiaries
Whether it's coverage for end-of-life counseling or an experimental payment scheme for common surgeries, Medicare in 2016 is undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 50 years. Grandma's Medicare usually just paid the bills as they came in. Today, the nation's flagship health-care program is seeking better ways to balance cost, quality and access. The effort could redefine the doctor-patient relationship, or it could end up a muddle of well-intentioned but unworkable government regulations. (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, 1/4)