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Medical News and Perspectives
April 3, 2013

Cutting Medicare Costs Will Require Multipronged Approach

JAMA. 2013;309(13):1334-1335. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.2771

Reining in health care costs, improving care for chronic conditions, and adopting new reimbursement models are crucial steps to securing the future of Medicare, according to panelists at a recent Senate hearing.

As Congress debated whether to allow automatic spending cuts to go into effect across the federal budget, health care policy experts gathered at a Senate hearing to discuss one of the key contributors to the nation's current fiscal problems—unrestrained growth in health care spending, particularly in the Medicare program. The February hearing was convened by Sen Bill Nelson (D, Fla), chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, to probe ways to cut Medicare costs without eviscerating the program (http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=339799&).

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