July 24, 2018 7:05 AM | Deleted user

The New York Times (7/22, Pear) reports, “The Trump administration is proposing huge changes in the way Medicare pays doctors for the most common of all medical services, the office visit, offering physicians basically the same amount, regardless of a patient’s condition or the complexity of the services provided.” The Times says that under the proposal, payments for office visits for cancer and the “sniffles” would be the same. CMS Administrator Seema Verma said, “Time spent on paperwork is time away from patients,” and estimated the change would save 51 hours of clinic time per doctor per year. Critics say the proposal “would underpay doctors who care for patients with the greatest medical needs and the most complicated ailments – and could discourage some physicians from taking Medicare patients.” CMS said the proposal would “radically reduce paperwork burdens.”


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