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Good News From CMS at Last? Maybe Not
The Health Care Blog

I’ve been looking at the latest CMS national healthcare expenditure data and the accompanying commentary by CMS staff. The 2013 numbers are a pleasant surprise, showing for the fourth straight year minimal increase in healthcare spending relative to economic growth. The CMS staff commentary, however, suggests that such good news may not be repeated:

“The key question is whether health spending growth will accelerate once economic conditions improve significantly; historical evidence suggests that it will.”