More efficient care could have saved $50 billion in Medicare dollars

Shafer, Emily
April 2008
Hem/Onc Today;4/25/2008, Vol. 9 Issue 7, p1
The article focuses on the need for a more efficient use of Medicare resources. Care for patients with chronic illness or those in the last two years of life, which varied among hospitals, reportedly accounted for one-third of Medicare spending. It says that high-intensity care resulted in higher, unnecessary costs but did not change the patient's outcome. A possible savings of $50 billion through efficient care for Medicare from 2001 to 2005 is pointed out.


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