Donald Berwick, the controversial Medicare Chief seems to have been laying emphasis on the speeding up of work related to the start of a hundred to three hundred sites for the US health care system to test new ways of providing service to patients.
Medicare would be looking to include many physician groups and medical facilities in the pilot batch for the models which would be looking at ways to reduce public expenditure on health services and improve the services being provided, both at the same time.
Mr. Berwick would be looking to make use of the new health care law in which the Government would be providing up to $10Bn over the span of the next ten years to reduce costs and improve medical services.
The test sites have been slated to start functioning by the end of the year 2011. It has also been stated that the new test model would be able to save around $1.3bn out of $500bn budget every year for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Officials related to Medicare feel that the Center will be able to reduce costs and increase efficiency by introducing the use of global payments in medical services.
Global payments are found to be efficient as physicians and medical facilities are paid a fee for taking care of a number of populations of people and awarded with incentives if they’re able to keep the population under them healthy.