VI. Key Issues: Financing and Delivery >> Health Spending >> Health Cost Containment >> Improve Administration >> Reduce Administrative Waste (last updated 2.19.17)
This section examines the benefits and costs of various options to reduce administrative waste in health care, including waste incurred by health plans, health facilities, health professionals and payers. Discussion of health reform policy proposals related to reductions in administrative waste (i.e., policy options under discussion and not yet adopted or implemented) is contained at Administrative Waste under Health Reform, Components of Reform, Cost Containment.
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Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.
Administrative Waste (Health Affairs search)