Monday, August 28, 2006

No-Pay for Performance?

What would make a primary care physician say this?

Between September 22nd and October 1st, I will refuse to see Medicare patients in my office. If they need care urgently, they can go to the ER. I shall also tell them exactly why I am imposing a moratorium on caring for them. And if (when?) this happens again next year and the year after that, I'll just be that much closer to the brink of opting out of Medicare entirely.
Read all about it here. I had forgotten all about this little quirk in Medicare reimbursement, which came about as part of the bill that prevented a 5.2% decrease in payment from Medicare this year (which, incidentally, is back on the table for next year).