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Medicare 'quality indicators' diverge from quality care
Medicare 'quality indicators' diverge from quality care

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced this week that, through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare would be taking drastic steps to assure that doctors are paid not for visits and procedures, but rather for the value of their work. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website states that "providers must make fundamental changes in their day-to-day operations that improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care." I am a full-time practicing primary care physician. Although I have studied the health care system and recently have written a book about Medicare ("Curing Medicare"), I am not an academic or policy maker, but...

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