Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Over the past few years, the growth
in health-care costs has quietly been slowing down. Naturally,
we’d like to make this trend last. That means we’ll need to
avoid betting big on just one strategy.
Last week, the Congressional Budget Office reported that
many Medicare pilot projects that were designed to reduce costs
actually haven’t done so. But the CBO suggested there may be
promise in a “bundled-payment” approach, under which insurers
pay a single comprehensive fee for treating a particular
disease, rather than many fees for specific doctor visits and
therapies. The health-care law includes provisions to expand
bundled payments, and they should be aggressively adopted.