Monitoring access following Medicare price changes: physician perspective.
McCall, Nancy T
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In this article, the author examines changes in Medicare beneficiaries' access to services following the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation
Act of 1987 "overpriced" procedure price reductions from the physician perspective. Three measures of physician availability
remained essentially constant: number of physicians treating beneficiaries or performing overpriced procedures; average Medicare
caseload; and average share of a physician's Medicare practice comprised of those who are poor and not white. Physician practice
characteristics were examined and provided evidence of continuing participation in Medicare: Average Medicare revenue increased
10 percent, and average volume of all services increased. However, physicians with the largest fee reductions or who were
the most financially dependent on the procedures did not change overpriced procedure volume.
Analysis of Variance : Fee Schedules : Health Services Accessibility/economics : Medicare Assignment/statistics & numerical
data : Medicare Part B/economics/utilization : Physicians/classification/economics : Program Evaluation/statistics & numerical
data : Rate Setting and Review : Relative Value Scales : United States : Workload/statistics & numerical data