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House funding bill includes bipartisan Medicare reforms

House funding bill includes bipartisan Medicare reforms
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The House’s short-term bill to fund the government also includes a range of bipartisan Medicare reforms aimed at making the program more efficient and saving money over the long term.

The measure, known as the Chronic Care Act, has largely flown under the radar because it has been mainly free of political controversy.

It is the product of almost three years of work from both parties in the Senate Finance Committee, which began with a working group in 2015 looking for ways to better coordinate care for Medicare enrollees with chronic conditions.

“This legislation will improve disease management, lower Medicare costs and streamline care coordination services — all without adding to the deficit,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Congress should work with Trump and not 'cowboy' on Saudi Arabia, says GOP senator US to open trade talks with Japan, EU, UK MORE (R-Utah) said in a statement.

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He added that the bill “is one of the few bipartisan healthcare bills to pass the Senate this Congress, and it’s time we act quickly on this legislation and get it to the president’s desk to be signed into law.”

The measure includes a range of initiatives, such as expanding a program where patients can be treated at home, avoiding expensive hospitalizations. The bill also gives more flexibility to Accountable Care Organizations, groups of doctors that band together to coordinate care for patients in an effort to save money.

Both of those programs were originally spurred by ObamaCare, but they are fairly obscure and free of the controversy around better-known parts of the law.

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