Medicare fee-for-service

Primary Care Accounts for Little Medicare Spending

Spending for primary care services accounts for only about two percent of Medicare fee-for-service spending, a new study has found. Even when the concept of primary care is expanded to include services provided by nurse practitioners, physician assistants, geriatricians, and gynecologists, all of whom bill for primary care services, that figure rises only to 4.88 percent. The proportion of primary care spending falls as Medicare beneficiaries age, a reflection of their greater consumption of specialist, hospital, and surgical care as they get older. Primary care spending was even lower among Medicare-eligible African-American, Native American, Medicaid-eligible seniors, and individuals with chronic [...]

2019-04-24T06:00:20+00:00April 24, 2019|Medicare|

MedPAC Meets

Last week the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission met in Washington, D.C. to discuss a number of Medicare payment issues. The issues on MedPAC’s March agenda were: two Medicare payment strategies to improve price competition and value for Part B drugs: reference pricing and binding arbitration options for slowing the growth of Medicare fee-for-service spending for emergency department service. Medicare’s role in the supply of primary care physicians evaluating an episode-based payment system for post-acute care mandated report: changes in post-acute and hospice care following the implementation of the long-term care hospital dual payment rate structure MedPAC is an independent congressional [...]

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