Medicare Experiments To Curb Costs Seldom Implemented On A Broad Scale

Kaiser Health News staff writers Christopher Weaver and Kate Steadman report on the history of pilot projects in the context of current reform proposals. "The Democratic health reform legislation comes studded with cautious plans to test proposals reining in Medicare costs. But history suggests that even if the experiments are successful, the odds aren't high that their lessons will be applied to the entire program" (10/3).

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