TITLE

What the new Medicare prescription drug bill may mean for providers and patients

AUTHOR(S)
Henley, Eric
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
Journal of Family Practice;May2004, Vol. 53 Issue 5, p389
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In November 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the Medicare prescription-drug bill, which will usher in the largest change in the Medicare program in terms of money and number of people affected since the program's creation in 1965. This article focuses on the bill and some of its health policy implications. While the bill establishes the intent of the U.S. Congress, a number of details will not be made clear until the executive branch implements it. The importance of these implementation details is most relevant to the prescription drug benefit section of the bill. The bill changes or adds programs in a number of health areas besides prescription drugs. These additions partly reflected the need of proponents to satisfy diverse special interests and thereby gain their support for other parts of the bill that were more controversial, principally the drug benefit and private competition for Medicare. Third, the changes also reflect genuine goals of improving health by expanding Medicare coverage of preventive services and requiring participating hospitals to submit quantity-of-care data.
ACCESSION #
13106294

 

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