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“Cost Containment in Medicare: A Review of What Works and What Doesn't” examines the history of Medicare's cost control initiatives. The authors from The Urban Institute and Health Policy Alternatives Inc. — Robert Berenson, Michael Hash, Thomas Ault, Beth Fuchs, Stephanie Maxwell, Lisa Potetz and Stephen Zuckerman — wrote this report for the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Since 1965 when Medicare was signed into law, policy makers have been concerned about escalating costs and have examined various ways to contain costs without affecting beneficiaries' access to quality health care. … Back to Article

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