The Raucous Baucus Caucus

I skimmed the Baucus policy paper, which is (like the Health Care Policy and Marketplace Blog says) a plan, not a proposal for legislation, with a whole bunch of possibilities that Baucus doesn't really distinguish among. Also, it is a zillion (or 96) pages long. A couple of observations:

Baucus talks a lot about pay for performance plans but never really describes which he prefers, how the current stakeholders will be assuaged, or whether P4P is meant to be the basis for a new payment model - not just a worthy experiment. He also doesn't mention that outcomes improvement via P4P isn't supported by the literature. Then again I didn't expect him to say that. (But maybe he doesn't know that? Senator, a Dr. Berger on the line.)


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