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HMA series of issue briefs outline Medicare savings proposals

In a series of issue briefs outlining Medicare savings proposals, Jennifer Podulka examines federal budget pressures and impending insolvency of the Medicare Trust Fund that will require Congress to choose between reducing provider or Medicare Advantage plan payments, increasing dedicated income, modifying beneficiary cost sharing, or some combination of these options.

Successful Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center models, temporary regulatory flexibilities implemented in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and other recent Medicare policy changes inform new savings options for policymakers to consider.

The issue briefs were prepared for Arnold Ventures and will be used to drive discussion and planning.  Five novel Medicare savings proposals include:

Expand the Successful Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model to Providers that Report Similar Quality Measures 

Medicare Coverage of Drugs That Receive FDA Accelerated Approval 

Ensure that Medicare Beneficiaries have Access to the Successful Diabetes Prevention Program 

Options for Adjusting Medicare Advantage Benchmarks and Quality Bonuses to Achieve Program Savings 

Addressing Medicare Trust Fund Solvency