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Obama plugs Medicare payment reform

President Obama talked a little -- and just a little -- about Medicare Tuesday during his State of the Union address. (AP photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)
President Obama talked a little -- and just a little -- about Medicare Tuesday during his State of the Union address. (AP photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

President Obama indicated that he might give some ground on efforts to cut Medicare spending, but not where that ground might lie.

Obama talked a little about Medicare, including Medicare payment reform programs, Tuesday during his 2013 State of the Union address.

Officials at Medicare already are trying to encourage health care providers to be more efficient by changing reimbursement strategies.

In the future, Obama said, "we’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital; they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive."

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