Medicare’s proposed fee payment changes are NOT in your best interest…

Medicare’s proposed fee payment changes are NOT in your best interest…

Medicare would like to “streamline” physician documentation.  And, in exchange for this, they are decreasing the reimbursement for many office visits.  Most Medicare patients are complex, as there is a lifetime of medical conditions to consider.  Many Medicare patients have multiple medical conditions and, as a physician, I aim to address them all at each visit.  This means the patient can spend more time living OUTSIDE of my office and not seeing me for one medical condition per office visit.

What Medicare is proposing is like…. if I am a restaurant owner, every customer can order a filet mignon, but be charged for a kids meal.  This is unsustainable.

The New York Times recently had a good article https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/22/us/politics/medicare-payments-trump.html.

In my town, many physicians do not accept Medicare as the reimbursement schedule AS IS barely covers the overhead costs (rent, utilities, office staff, medical malpractice insurance, etc).  With this proposed change, if it passes, I am certain that fewer physicians will accept Medicare.

If you would like to speak up for yourself, please email the IRS directly.  They will accept comments until September 2018.  Input regulations.gov and search for CMS 1693.15721269254_39d2144a7a_k.jpg

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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