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CMS actuaries see higher Medicare costs
Modern Healthcare

Based on the premise that the 2012 Medicare Trustees Report’s projections are “clearly unrealistic,” a new memo (PDF) from the CMS Office of the Actuary lays out hypothetical alternatives that estimate higher expenditures for the federal healthcare program.

The annual Medicare Trustees Report is based on projections under current law; the most recent report was released last month. But the report portrays a view that is too optimistic, the CMS memo contends, as it incorporates mandated reductions for most Medicare services.