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Medicare boss is spearheading changes to the way doctors get paid
San Francisco Chronicle

Andy Slavitt talks about changing Medicare’s reimbursement for doctors and hospitals with the excitement of a startup CEO.

“This is the most significant change in the Medicare program since the 1960s,” said Slavitt, acting head of the Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services, on a trip this week to the Bay Area, where he visited physicians and heads of doctor and hospital groups. Slavitt, who comes from the private sector and uses phrases like “product rollout” and “user-based,” has been hosting webinars and going on listening tours around the country to solicit opinions from doctors about how to enact the changes, which Congress passed last year.