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November 24, 2008

Can Medicare Accelerate Delivery System Reform: Options for Creating a Sustainable U.S. Healthcare System

Efforts to slow the growth of US healthcare spending over the past 40 years have been mostly unsuccessful because the healthcare delivery system has not implemented the types of efficiency improvements seen in other industries. Fee-for-service reimbursement enables overuse of marginally effective services and significant geographic variation in cost and utilization. Historically, Medicare reforms have focused on extending the program’s fiscal solvency through benefit changes, provider payment limits, and new revenue sources. As the national healthcare cost crisis escalates, Medicare policy cannot simply focus on its own fiscal solvency, but must instead focus on enabling a more efficient, effective and sustainable delivery system that will benefit all Americans.