Medicare pay is changing; primary care will see increases, but surgical specialties face cuts
Medicare payments to physicians, which will change effective Jan 1, 1998, will include an average increase of 8% in payments to primary care specialists but decreases for most surgical specialties. Medicare payments to psychiatrists are expected to rise 14%, and a 4.7% decrease is forecast in payments to ophthalmologists. Also, there will be a single conversion factor for all specialties plus new guidelines for practice expenses.
Publication Name: American Medical News
Use of physicians' services under medicare's resource - based payments
The resource-based relative-value scale implemented by Medicare in 1992 to enhance the efficient medical practices. The increase in physicians' services after the revised payment by Medicare are analyzed to form policies to check Medicare expenditure.
Publication Name: The New England Journal of Medicine
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