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Improving the Quality and Efficiency of the Medicare Program Through Coverage Policy Timely Analysis of Immediate Health Policy Issues August 2011

@inproceedings{Tunis2011ImprovingTQ,
  title={Improving the Quality and Efficiency of the Medicare Program Through Coverage Policy Timely Analysis of Immediate Health Policy Issues August 2011},
  author={Sean R Tunis and Robert A. Berenson and Steve E. Phurrough and Penny E. Mohr},
  year={2011}
}
In the face of large and growing budget deficits, finding ways to bend the health care cost curve and improve the efficiency of the Medicare program has been a central focus of budget policy. Medicare spends more than $500 billion annually for more than 46 million senior and disabled beneficiaries, and research suggests new medical technologies such as drugs, devices, diagnostics and surgical techniques are a major driver of increasing costs. For example, some novel anti-cancer drugs now cost… Expand
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