Volume and intensity of Medicare physicians' services: an overview.
Kay, Terrence L
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From 1978 to 1987, Medicare spending for physicians' services increased at annual compound rates of 16 percent, far exceeding
increases expected based on inflation and increases in beneficiaries. As a result, Medicare spending for Part B physicians'
services has attracted considerable attention. This article contains an overview of expenditure trends for Part B physicians'
services, a summary of recent research findings on issues related to volume and intensity of physicians' services, and a discussion
of options for controlling volume and intensity. The possible impact of the recently enacted relative-value-based free schedule
on volume and intensity of services is discussed briefly.
Cost Control/methods : Health Expenditures/trends : Medicare Part B/statistics & numerical data : Physician's Practice Patterns/statistics
& numerical data : Relative Value Scales : United States