The questions: Should CMS increase pay to PCPs for services that they currently provide but are not compensated for, and pay for new services that CMS would like PCPs to perform? Or should CMS pay for demonstration projects that target high-need, high-cost Medicare beneficiaries? CMS’s answer, at least for the time being, is a bit of both.
Economics is called the dismal science. Uwe Reinhardt was anything but dismal. When the Princeton health economist died last month at the age of 80, the remembrances were of a lively, funny, and approachable man with important things to say and clever ways of saying them.