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    Threats to Medicare funding jeopardize physician participation

    Stop taking insurance in the first place.

    That’s what we at Medical Economics inevitably hear when we write about dealing with payer (both commercial and public) obstacles and how physicians can overcome them to get paid what they deserve. 

    For the vast majority of our readers, this isn’t a reality, especially when it comes to government-insured patients. Many physicians don’t want to abandon long-time patients by turning to concierge medicine or starting a direct primary care practice. There are hybrid models, of course, and some doctors do go that route to keep patients with insurance while also accepting direct payment to avoid payer hoops.

     

    HOT TOPIC: Physicians leaving medicine because of EHRs

     

    But a large portion of U.S. primary care physicians (93% at last count by the Kaiser Family Foundation), continue to accept Medicare and the program is still considered the rate standard-setter for many private insurers. Even so, that doesn’t mean participation comes without frustration for physicians and this year could test their limits.

    Next: More physician frustration

     

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