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Braley visits Dubuque to explain healthcare bill

WASHINGTON, DC (KWWL) - Rep. Bruce Braley visited Finley Hospital in Dubuque Tuesday to discuss Medicare reimbursement language included in the final version of House health care reform legislation.

“These provisions represent a major breakthrough in healthcare reform that will save taxpayers billions of dollars and reduce costly, unneeded procedures that don’t improve patient outcomes. Our healthcare system should reward the best care. A quality-based approach for Medicare will reduce costs to taxpayers and increase the quality of care for everyone, all while rewarding doctors in states like Iowa who provide the most efficient and effective healthcare," said Braley.

The language now included in the healthcare reform bill changes Medicare to a quality-based payment system in two years. The bill will require Medicare to conduct a two-year study on a value-based system, and at the end of the two year study period, Medicare will switch to a quality-based system unless Congress specifically casts a vote to disallow that change.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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