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AMA committee recommendations on doctor fees set by Medicare are followed 9 times out of 10
Date:5/7/2012

plain why there has been no reduction in the income gap between primary care providers and specialists."

Recommendations on physician payments are based on several factors, including the amount of time a procedure takes, the technical skill and mental judgment required, as well as the stress that the physician experiencesa factor related to patient risk. Medicare and Medicaid payments are adjusted for geographical differences in costs based on where the provider is located.

If policy makers or physicians want to change the update process but keep the Medicare fee schedule in its current form, the authors suggest that Congress and CMS make some long-term investments in the agency's ability to undertake research and analysis of issues such as how the effort and time associated with various physician services is determined. Such an investment, they write, "could pay dividends throughout the health care system."


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