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Changes proposed to how Medicare pays doctors

In an effort to reduce the bureaucratic burden on both physicians and auditors, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid  Services (CMS) is proposing changes to the payment policy for doctors. The new policy proposes that the current doctor payment plan, which has 5 levels of office visit types and corresponding payments, should be simplified to only two levels – one for non-physician (e.g., nursing) visits and the other for visits which require the personal attention of the physician. As is to be expected, there are both proponents and critics of the proposed change, and both sides are discussed in this New York Times article by Robert Pear. Click here to read more.

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