With much talk these days of dramatic health reform for the Nation, it is important to pay some attention to the infrastructure that carries it out.
Ten years ago, several colleagues and I wrote a short paper urging more support for the Health Care Financing Administration, which is responsible for Medicare and Medicaid. The agency was renamed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, but it still needs much more than a name change.
Much of what we said ten years ago still is relevant. Many of us are renewing these recommendations for the incoming Obama Administration.