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A quiet experiment is testing broader privatization of U.S. Medicare

January 20, 2022

From the Reuters website

Millions of retirees have opted out of traditional Medicare over the past two decades, choosing to join a privatized, managed-care version of the program. But the choice might not be in their hands much longer.

The U.S. government has quietly launched a large-scale test of a new model for traditional fee-for-service Medicare that critics argue could transform it into another type of privatized managed care. Under the model, Medicare contracts with healthcare provider groups that receive a flat annual payment to provide care for enrollees in the traditional program. Some current fee-for-service Medicare enrollees are being placed in these so-called Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) in 38 states where the pilot test is under way.

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