May 2008 Issue
Medicare's (Un)sustainable Growth Rate [Opinion]

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.

Jan 2008 Issue
Does Primary Care Need Medicare? [Opinion]

The author argues that Medicare pays too little and threatens too much to be worthwhile for primary care physicians to participate in.

Feb 2007 Issue
What's New in Medicare Preventive Benefits [Feature]

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.

May 2006 Issue
An Update on Tobacco Cessation Reimbursement [Feature]

Physicians' reimbursement options for tobacco cessation counseling include Medicare's recently broadened coverage, other insurance plans, and employee flexible spending accounts.

Feb 2006 Issue
A New Future With an Old Business Model [Feature]

The author describes his move from traditional practice to a low-overhead, cash-only practice.

Nov-Dec 2005 Issue
A Refresher on Medicare and Concurrent Care [Feature]

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.

Apr 2005 Issue
How to Conduct a "Welcome to Medicare" Visit [Getting Paid]

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.

Mar 2005 Issue
What You Need To Know About the Prescription Drug Act [Feature]

The authors outline the implications of the new Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act for both patients and physicians.

Feb 2005 Issue
New Year, New Medicare Benefits [Getting Paid]

The article explains what physicians need to know to get paid for providing a physical for all patients new to the Medicare program.

Nov-Dec 2004 Issue
Navigating the Medicare Web Site [Getting Paid]

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.

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