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December 6, 1965


JAMA. 1965;194(10):23-25. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090230139070

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Medicare Agents.—  The Social Security Administration may announce this month the companies and groups that will act as fiscal intermediaries for the government in operating the medicare program.Social security officials in November set forth the standards that insurance carriers and other agents must meet to qualify as intermediaries.There were no indications which companies will be chosen by the government. However, Blue Cross is expected to serve a major function under the hospital benefits program. Blue Shield and commercial carriers probably will play a big part in handling the supplementary medical benefit plan on a regional basis.The qualifications for the basic hospital plan were: proper nomination by providers of services; ability to meet financial solvency requirements of the states; resources and capacity to administer efficiently; capacity to serve a substantial number of hospitals, nursing homes, and so forth; ongoing professional and institutional relationships; record of integrity and satisfactory

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