From Renal Disease to Recovery Audits, Systemic Fiscal Reforms Needed
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As federal lawmakers appeared headed toward a pre-Memorial Day showdown over key changes to Medicare benefit and reimbursement policies, the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) today offered a comprehensive blueprint to put the program on a more solid fiscal foundation - without tax hikes or price controls.
"When it comes to the financial condition of Medicare, the caregiver has as many ailments as the patients," NTU Vice President for Policy and Communications Pete Sepp said. "Unless Congress takes decisive steps, large and small, to control spending and empower consumers, the nation's taxpayers will soon be suffering from huge burdens they cannot carry."
Last year, the House of Representatives passed the Children's Health
and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act, which would alter a number of federal
health care policies. With the Senate Finance Committee preparing to
consider its own version of the CHAMP Act, and with numerous other
legislative proposals likely to come under scrutiny during this process,
NTU prepared a lengthy analysis of "dos" and don'ts" for policymakers.
Among the recommendations:
-- Enact Common-Sense Coverage Reforms. The private sector skillfully
employs "disease management" strategies that contain costs
without risking quality of care. Taking greater advantage of these gains
through Patient Coverage Extension for privately insured dialysis would
relieve taxpayer burdens associated with inefficient Medicare coverage.
-- Maintain Oversight. Tens of billions of tax dollars are lost every year
to waste, fraud, and abuse in federal health programs. Congress should
mandate more internal accounting and allow successful initiatives like
Recovery Audit Contractors to continue.
-- Preserve A
|SOURCE National Taxpayers Union|
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