Physicians do not order more tests in face of Medicare cuts

02/14/2010 | (free registration)

A study of Medicare services data found that physicians are not ordering more exams to compensate for reduced fees resulting from Medicare cuts. The study, however, found that yearly changes in Medicare physician fees as implemented in accordance with Medicare policy can disrupt physician practice patterns. Policymakers should think about modifying the fees policy so that effective but underused services are promoted and less effective but overused services avoided, a researcher said.

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