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Modernizing Medicare

Harnessing the Power of Consumer Choice and Market Competition

edited by Robert Emmet Moffit and Marie Fishpaw

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Top policy experts offer Medicare reform solutions for the millions of seniors whose health care depends on America's fastest growing federal entitlement.

In Modernizing Medicare, editors Robert Emmet Moffit and Marie Fishpaw bring together a rare combination of leading scholars and policy practitioners to outline a vision for Medicare reform and provide solutions for the millions of seniors whose health care depends on it. Contributors include a former Medicare trustee, a former Medicare administrator, and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office.

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Top policy experts offer Medicare reform solutions for the millions of seniors whose health care depends on America's fastest growing federal entitlement.

In Modernizing Medicare, editors Robert Emmet Moffit and Marie Fishpaw bring together a rare combination of leading scholars and policy practitioners to outline a vision for Medicare reform and provide solutions for the millions of seniors whose health care depends on it. Contributors include a former Medicare trustee, a former Medicare administrator, and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office.

Detailing Medicare's biggest problems, this team of top policy experts offer solutions based on personal freedom of choice, transparency of price and performance, and market competition among health plans and providers that will secure patients more affordable, more accountable, and higher quality medical care. They also address Medicare's reform needs and analyze the promising performance of the Medicare Advantage program. The authors outline Medicare's major financial problems and the best solutions for Medicare patients and taxpayers alike. While Medicare's accelerating spending is generating higher deficits and debt, standard cost-control strategies—such as payment reductions and price controls—jeopardize patients' access to high-quality care.

Contributors: Joseph R. Antos, PhD; Doug Badger; Charles P. Blahous, PhD; Walton F. Francis; John C. Goodman, PhD; Edmund F. Haislmaier; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, PhD; Brian J. Miller, MD, MBA, MPH; Robert Emmet Moffit, PhD; Mark V. Pauly, PhD; Christopher M. Pope, PhD; Gail R. Wilensky, PhD.

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This book is a high-level systematic analysis of Medicare reform ideas. The authors take a broad, future-oriented look that rises above the narrow, short-term, budget-oriented squabbles that are so common in what passes for Medicare policy discussions. Health economists, policy analysts, and public finance economists should read this book.

The authors lay out a conservative vision for Medicare reform while providing historical background and discussing the political economy. This book will appeal to readers interested in health care policy and be useful in courses discussing competing health care reform prescriptions.

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1. Introduction: Reviving the Medicare Reform Consensus, by Robert Emmet Moffit
Section One: The Challenge of Medicare Reform
2. Why Medicare Reform Has Been Hard: A Public Choice

List of Contributors
1. Introduction: Reviving the Medicare Reform Consensus, by Robert Emmet Moffit
Section One: The Challenge of Medicare Reform
2. Why Medicare Reform Has Been Hard: A Public Choice Perspective, by Mark Pauly
3. Pursuing Medicare Reform in the Context of a Financing Crisis, by Charles P. Blahous
Section Two: Medicare Advantage: The Record and Opportunity
4. How Medicare Advantage Secures Better Value for Seniors and Taxpayers, by Christopher Pope
5. Improving Medicare Advantage Through Patient Power, by John C. Goodman
6. The Next Step in Medicare Reform, by Brian J. Miller and Gail R. Wilensky
Section Three: Transitioning to Premium Support: The Promise of Greater Personal Choice and Market Competition
7. Medicare Advantage: The Platform for a Comprehensive Premium Support Program, by Robert Emmet Moffit
8. Modernizing Traditional Medicare: The First Step to Effective Competition, by Joseph R. Antos
9. Medicare Risk Adjustment: Stabilizing the Market in a Premium Support Program, by Edmund F. Haislmaier
10. Modernizing Medicare: Improving Payment and Delivery of Prescription Drugs, by Doug Badger
11. Reforming Medicare: Lessons from Premium Support's Long Bipartisan History, by Walton F. Francis
12. The Potential for Beneficiary and Taxpayer Savings in Moving to a Premium Support Model for Medicare, by Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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Author Bios
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Robert Emmet Moffit, PhD

Robert Emmet Moffit, PhD (SEVERNA PARK, MD), is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He is a coauthor of Why Obamacare Is Wrong for America.
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Marie Fishpaw

Marie Fishpaw (WASHINGTON, DC) is a seasoned policy leader with extensive experience at the White House, the US Congress, and the Heritage Foundation. She is a coeditor of No Choice, No Exit: The Left’s Plans for Your Health Care.