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Medicare Seeks Suggestions From Doctors, Hospitals, Patients On New Payment Models

The request for proposals is seeking ideas to promote better competition among health providers and enhance patients' choices. It also hints at some conservative policies the Trump administration may be interested in implementing.

Stat: HHS Hints At Major Changes To Medicare That Could Mean Higher Costs For Patients
The Trump administration is signaling it will pursue significant changes to Medicare that could put beneficiaries on the hook for higher costs. In an informal proposal on Wednesday, federal health officials hinted at several new pilot programs it may implement in the months ahead. One idea would give doctors more latitude to enter into so-called private contracts to charge Medicare beneficiaries more for certain services, if the patients were willing to pay. (Mershon, 9/21)

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