Nonpartisan government auditors rebuke Medicare bonuses
GAO » Hatch says the report suggests that the administration abused its authority, pumping money to the plans to avoid more criticism over the cuts.
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But another nonpartisan agency that advises lawmakers on Medicare also criticized the bonus plan as the administration was pursuing it.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission said it amounts to "a mechanism to increase payments" and its design "sends the wrong message about what is important to the program and how improved quality can best be achieved."
The bonuses are the costliest demonstration program in Medicare history. They’ll be paid from the Medicare trust fund.
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