HIRP Research Brief

No. 2

Reengineering Medicare: From Bill-Paying Insurer to Accountable Purchaser
June 1995


Lynn Etheredge


This paper considers the question of whether Congress should give Medicare the same types of authorities that are available to its private-sector competitors---particularly authorities to use new purchasing techniques---and require performance accountabilities for their use through HEDIS-like quality and health outcomes measures.

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