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Weeds or flowers? Panel eyes Medicare innovation center

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The head of a new government health plan efficiency laboratory promised lawmakers today that the research will give taxpayers a good return on their investment.

Dr. Richard Gilfillan, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), oversees CMMI efforts to study how different approaches to paying doctors and hospitals might affect the cost and quality of health care.

When CMMI advocates talk about "'letting a thousand bloom,' I wonder if this is a euphemism for 'barely controlled chaos,'" Hatch said.

Gilfillan said some of what may look like duplication of effort is the result of CMMI efforts to respond to health care providers with different needs.

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