Aug 14, 2012

Medicare Fees Reward Some, Punish Others

Total Medicare payments to family physicians could increase 7 percent and fees for other physicians providing primary care could rise 3 to 5 percent, due mostly to a proposal to create new payment codes for outpatient discharge care management. Payments to some specialists would decrease in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS') proposed 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. However, unless Congress intervenes again, CMS will slash overall Medicare payments 27 percent next year because of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.

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