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Achieving the Right Balance: Privacy and Security Policies to Support Electronic Health Information Exchange

June 4, 2012

Outlines the importance of a statewide health information exchange system to ensure efficient information flows, as well as the role of robust privacy and security policies in maintaining the public trust. Proposes a framework of nine principles.

How Does the Benefit Value of Medicare Compare to the Benefit Value of Typical Large Employer Plans?: A 2012 Update

April 4, 2012

Compares the value of benefits for those age 65 and older under Medicare and under two large employer plans typical of those for which premium support could be offered under reform proposals. Examines share of costs paid by the plan and by individuals.

Restructuring Medicare's Benefit Design: Implications for Beneficiaries and Spending

November 15, 2011

Estimates the effects of options for restructuring Medicare's fee-for-service benefit design, including a $550 deductible for Parts A and B, a 20 percent coinsurance on nearly all services, and a $5,500 limit on cost sharing for Medicare-covered services.

The Budget Control Act of 2011: Implications for Medicare

September 1, 2011

Outlines how the timeline for and process of lowering the federal deficit in exchange for raising the debt ceiling could affect Medicare spending through sequestration, including cuts in payments to Medicare Advantage plans, Part D, and providers.