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Title
Volume and intensity of Medicare physicians' services: an overview.
First Author
Kay, Terrence L
Date of Pub
1990 Summer
Pages
133-146
Volume
11
Issue
4
Other Authors
N/A
Abstract
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.
Abstract Continued
N/A
MeSH
Cost Control/methods : Health Expenditures/trends : Medicare Part B/statistics & numerical data : Physician's Practice Patterns/statistics & numerical data : Relative Value Scales : United States
NTIS Number
PB91-105973