Kaiser Health News: Bipartisan Center Offers Plan To Reduce Health Spending

By Mary Agnes Carey

APRIL 19TH, 2013, 6:12 AM

Medicare beneficiaries would have access to better coordinated medical care and the current Medicare physician payment formula would be scrapped as part of a health care cost containment plan the Bipartisan Policy Center unveiled Thursday.

The plan offers more than 50 recommendations that would cut the federal deficit by about $560 billion over the next decade.  About $300 billion of those savings would come from Medicare.  The document makes a variety of recommendations to change how health care is delivered and financed in both the public and private sectors.

“What we’re trying to do is bring about better value for every person in health care today. We spend too much, we give too little, in our current system,” said former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., one of the report’s authors. “We want a high performance, high value health care marketplace with better access, better quality and lower cost. That’s value.”

Daschle’s co-authors include another former Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, R-Tenn., as well as former Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N. Mex., and former Congressional Budget Office Director Alice Rivlin.

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