Kavita Patel, MD, MS

Starting in January 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will start paying doctors to coordinate the care of Medicare beneficiaries.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Kenneth Thorpe

With the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, a compromise reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Congress has finally overcome partisan gridlock and agreed on a budget for the first time in far too long. However, while the agreement is a welcome and important development that will help to forestall further stalemates and put the country’s finances in order for the next two years, it is an undeniably small deal, that does little to address and offer actual solutions for some of our nation’s most pressing challenges – including fixing Medicare.

Doug Holtz-Eakin

With Congress in the midst of yet another round of budget negotiations and the deadline to reach a deal fast approaching, I am concerned that the Medicare program, particularly Medicare Advantage (MA), may again be on the chopping block.  MA has already seen more than its fair share of cuts – multiple rate reductions in the last few years, including cuts as a part of sequestration and $200 billion over the next 10 years under the Affordable Care Act.  Any additional cuts to MA will severely threaten innovation and quality of care throughout the Medicare program.

Kavita Patel and Jeffrey Nadel

PFM Advisory Board Member Kavita Patel co-authored a blog post that appeared in Brookings Institution's Up Front blog: