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Report Examines Ways To Improve Care For Medicare’s Dual Eligibles

News outlets explore different issues related to Medicare, including the impact the physician payment system has on patients' access and the particular challenges posed by people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Medicare: Is There A Doctor In The House?
Congress avoided an exodus of doctors from the Medicare program last week when it pushed back a 25 percent cut in physician payments that was set for January. But doctors will face an even larger cut in payments this time next year unless Congress redesigns the dysfunctional system that adjusts Medicare rates (Teegardin, 12/13).

Modern Healthcare: Groups Offer Advice Regarding Dual Eligibles
A joint report from research groups Community Catalyst and the Center for American Progress recommends a series of ways to improve care and lower costs for the 8.8 million Americans who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, referred to as dual eligibles (Zigmond, 12/13).

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