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Inside Health Policy
Doug Holtz-Eakin, co-chair of the Partnership for the Future of Medicare, said the group is worried about the future of Medicare Advantage and that the call letter and CMS' notice on the call letter calls it a win for beneficiaries while dancing around the fact that the cut is drastic. "I'm quite concerned about what's going on with the parts of Medicare that have worked the best -- this is the clearest step away from fee-for-service, and I fundamentally disagree with the strategy to take away the ability to compete," he said.
USA Today
When Douglas Holtz-Eakin talks, members of Congress listen. They have to. They invited him. Holtz-Eakin, the conservative economist who heads an upstart think tank, testified Wednesday to a House subcommittee about Medicare Advantage. It was the sixth time he's testified before a committee of the GOP-controlled House this year — more than any other non-governmental witness. He has also testified at least four times to Democratic-controlled Senate committees. That's no accident.
National Coalition on Health Care
Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) touted their forthcoming bipartisan proposal to improve chronic care at a roundtable on innovation and reform in Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) yesterday. “Senators Isakson and Wyden are doing vital work. If we are going to keep Medicare affordable, we must expand, not curtail, innovative approaches to treating chronic disease like those developed by high-quality MA plans and others,” said John Rother, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC), one of two co-sponsors of the event. In addition to the remarks from Senators Isakson and Wyden, the Roundtable featured presentations by two experts in health care policy: Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D., Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and Kenneth E. Thorpe, Ph.D., co-chair of the event’s other co-sponsor, Partnership for the Future of Medicare (PFM). Dr. Chen pointed to successes in the Medicare Advantage program, while Dr. Thorpe discussed his “Medicare Integrate” proposal to extend successful care management approaches to the original Medicare program.
Inside Health Policy
As House Republicans seek to restart talks on Medicare cuts, the Partnership for the Future of Medicare is urging Congress against cutting reimbursement for Medicare Advantage plans, arguing that lawmakers already cut industry pay multiple times in the past few years. The brunt of the $200 billion in MA pay cuts from President Obama's health care law takes effect soon, the star-rating bonuses that somewhat offset those cuts expire in two years, the 2012 fiscal cliff law cut $2.5 billion from MA and sequester is cutting pay another 2 percent.