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Only 20 percent of people believe consumer protections will get better under the law.
Although the benefit is intended for patients who have no more than six months to live, 19 percent now receive hospice services for longer.
Many hospitals are performing unusually large numbers of a type of CT scan experts say should be done sparingly.
A prestigious Institute of Medicine panel says Medicare’s methods of evaluating regional costs are disturbingly imprecise and need to be overhauled.
Extra funding will be awarded to facilities that do better than average on quality of care and patient satisfaction.
Beginning in 2012, bad grades from unhappy patients could cause hospitals to lose out on bonuses.
Rosemary Gibson, who has led national efforts to improve health care quality and safety, is concerned about 32 million newly insured Americans being exposed to too much treatment.
As many as 4 million Medicare beneficiaries could end up in new model of health care, but initial savings for government are small.
Insurance agents fear the health reform law threatens their livelihood and want changes in rules to protect their commissions and guarantee them a role in the new health exchanges.
CMS analysis shows that some regions with high spending levels are below the national average if patient health and special expenses are factored in.