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Would doctors accept more Medicare patients if the feds froze reimbursement rates?
A proposal in Congress would replace the formula that sets reimbursement rates for physicians treating Medicare patients. It would freeze Medicare reimbursement at the current level for 10 years and allow physicians to earn incentive payments by improving care.
Health care providers in the Public Insight Network have complained about the current Medicare rates, saying they are so low that some practitioners limit the number of patients who bill Medicare.
Does the congressional proposal make it more likely that doctors will accept more patients who bill Medicare? Does the 10-year plan to freeze Medicare physician rates and offer bonus payments for quality care ensure adequate pay for treating Medicare beneficiaries? Tell us below.