Private health plans have made positive contributions to Medicare but fallen short of expectations partly because Congress has established conflicting expectations over time, according to a report by an independent expert panel of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Among 13 recommendations to strengthen fee-for-service Medicare and private Medicare plans, the panel advised Congress to moderate its expectations of savings from private health plans, provide targeted incentives to improve quality and test the use of competitive bids to set payments to health plans. Read an executive summary of the report. -- by Jeff Tieman
Congress should revise expectations of Medicare plans: report
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