Medi­care ben­e­fi­cia­ries are the ‘white mice’ in some al­ter­na­tive pay­ment mod­els

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle, “Medi­care of­fers hos­pi­tals cash to rev up car­diac re­hab par­tic­i­pa­tion,” (Mod­ern­Health­, Dec. 22): Crit­i­cal ques­tions re­main on whether the manda­tory na­ture of such mod­els would be ef­fec­tive in gar­ner­ing pa­tient par­tic­i­pa­tion; whether such mod­els pose harm for pa­tients; and why the statu­tory elim­i­na­tion of any kind of ap­peal process is war­ranted, ef­fec­tive, or re­tard­ing to ben­e­fi­ciary par­tic­i­pa­tion?

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries are not and have not been alerted of this. Let us not for­get that the Medi­care ben­e­fi­cia­ries are the “white mice” in these ex­per­i­men­tal mod­els.

Ted Gio­va­nis High­land, Md.

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