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- Medicare Spending Cuts and Hospital Productivity Gains
- Medicare Spending Peaks at Age 96
- State Demonstration Proposals to Integrate Care and Align Financing and/or Administration for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries
One of the major policy developments following the Affordable Care Act's enactment in 2010 is the dramatic slowdown in Medicare's spending growth, with average spending per beneficiaries essentially flat. While this has improved Medicare's financial outlook somewhat, what happens next to Medicare spending and how policymakers respond continue to be important issues to watch.