ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula in determining physician payment levels is so unworkable that it has brought us to a time of perpetual crisis. Physicians must become informed and involved in the discussion of solutions.
The author argues that Medicare pays too little and threatens too much to be worthwhile for primary care physicians to participate in.
A summary of the clinical preventive services Medicare covers and the circumstances under which they're covered as well guidance about how to get paid for them.
Physicians' reimbursement options for tobacco cessation counseling include Medicare's recently broadened coverage, other insurance plans, and employee flexible spending accounts.
The author describes his move from traditional practice to a low-overhead, cash-only practice.
The author hopes to educate members on Medicare policy on concurrent care and how to establish the necessity of such. Written based on a January 2005 suggestion from the Commission on Health Care Services.
The author walks fellow physicians though Medicare's new Initial Preventive Pysical Exam, expaining how it differs from a tradiitonal complete physical exam and suggesting screening methods that will make the IPPE effective and efficient.
The authors outline the implications of the new Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act for both patients and physicians.
The article explains what physicians need to know to get paid for providing a physical for all patients new to the Medicare program.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Web site offers useful forms, resources and answers to questions that physicians may have, but they're not always easy to find. This article helps the reader locate the information he or she most needs.