January 26, 2015

WE WANT TEACHERS TO TEACH TO THE TEST, NOT DOCTORS TO TREAT TO TESTS:

How Obama's $3 Trillion Health-Care Overhaul Would Work (John Tozzi January 26, 2015, Businessweek)

The Obama administration has announced plans to accelerate a shift in how the U.S. pays its $2.9 trillion annual health-care bill. Officials at Medicare, which covers one in six Americans, want to stop paying doctors and hospitals by the number of tests and treatments they do. Instead, the government wants to link payments to how well providers take care of patients, not just how much care they provide.

This transition is already under way. Millions of Americans are now covered in experimental programs created by the Affordable Care Act designed to reduce unnecessary care and incentivize doctors to focus on quality, not quantity. The administration wants to vastly expand such programs to include half of all Medicare payments by the end of 2018.

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