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Medicare’s payment reform push draws praise and fears
Modern Healthcare

By 2018, half of Medicare spending outside of managed care will be paid under contracts with incentives to manage quality and costs, federal officials said Monday. The goal was broadly greeted with enthusiasm but also with warnings that the effort will be wasted if the new models are too weak or tied to flawed measures. The Obama administration’s new targets for payment reform are a first for Medicare and would rapidly accelerate federal use of accountable care, bundled payments and other ways to pay hospitals and doctors other than how most Medicare bills are paid: per test, procedure and clinic visit, known as fee-for-service.