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Issue Brief

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This issue brief provides an overview of the Medicare coverage process. Coverage involves deciding whether or not to pay for a particular service or product. This brief examines Medicare's coverage determination process, which includes technology assessment, payment determination, and the demand for evidence. Options for improving the coverage determination process are reviewed.


Issue brief no. 722

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