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2019 Outlook: Six Things to Watch in Medicare

Dec. 17, 2018, 10:45 AM

The Trump administration has been working over the past two years on initiatives to lower health-care costs, like new payment models and allowing Medicare to pay what other countries pay for drugs, and those initiatives will start being put into action in 2019.

The Department of Health and Human Services has focused on lowering health-care costs by looking at the high cost of hospital services and lowering prescription drug prices. Medicare was the largest single purchaser of health care in 2016, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The coming year should see action on six fronts:

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