A new grassroots movement has formed to stop DCEs, a flawed and dangerous scheme. DCEs could radically transform Medicare into a bonanza for Wall Street while incentivizing harmful restrictions on patient care.
Advocates argue that if left unchecked, DCEs could essentially privatize Traditional Medicare without the consent of its own enrollees, or even a vote by Congress.Medicare’s other privatization project — Medicare Advantage — demonstrated that injecting a profit motive into patient care actually leads to higher costs for taxpayers, with tragic consequences for patients. Thousands of physicians, mental health professionals and other advocates have signed a petition calling for Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra to halt the DCE program, provide real oversight of CMS’ Innovation Center, and protect Medicare for future generations.If you’d like to join the fight against Medicare Direct Contracting, please call your member of Congress at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to demand HHS end this dangerous and insidious program; hold hearings on DCEs; and establish Congressional oversight of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). traditional Medicare.