Where is the Waste in Part D?
This article was originally published in RPM Report
Rooting out waste in federal health care spending is one of few points of perennial bipartisan agreement in health policy. In that spirit, a Senate Committee wants to focus on trimming the waste in the Medicare pPrescription drug program-but first they have to figure out where it is.
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