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  • whygoelswhere whygoelswhere Apr 12, 2010 11:03 PM Flag

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    New package doesn't do much since everybody has been covered for dialysis for decades. In fact if the unintended consequences of the bill (like higher overall costs) lead to companies dropping coverage and just paying the taxes and letting employees buy their own coverage on the "exchange" it could lead to a higher mix of medicare patients, which is bad since medicare is break even at best. I do not worry about medicare price caps since the price has effectively been capped since the inception of the Medicare Secondary Provider law (very few annual updates) and since access to care will almost certainly be hurt if the rates fall below the incremental costs for marginal providers.

    Bundling on the other hand will be a boon for the dialysis companies.

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