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Physician Payment Systems Subject of Graham Center Forum

April 16, 2014 02:57 pm Washington — Few physicians and probably fewer patients are happy with the fee-for-service payment model for medical care, but a lot of work needs to be done to initiate any kind of change. That's according panelists who spoke during a recent forum on primary care hosted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care.

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