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Title
Access to care under physician payment reform: a physician-based analysis.
First Author
Meadow, Ann
Date of Pub
1995 Winter
Pages
195-217
Volume
17
Issue
2
Other Authors
N/A
Abstract
This article reports physician-based measures of access to care during the 3 years surrounding the 1989 physician payment reforms. Analysis was facilitated by a new system of physician identifiers in Medicare claims. Access measures include caseload per physician and related measures of the demographic composition of physicians' clientele, the proportion of physicians performing surgical and other procedures, and the assignment rate. The caseload and assignment measures were stable or improving over time, suggesting that reforms did not harm access. Procedure performance rates tended to decline between 1992 and 1993, but reductions were inversely related to the estimated fee changes, and several may be explainable by other factors.
Abstract Continued
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MeSH
Reimbursement Mechanisms : Aged : Blacks/statistics & numerical data : Fee Schedules : Health Services Accessibility/economics/trends : Human : Medicare Assignment/statistics & numerical data : Medicare Part B/legislation & jurisprudence/utilization : Physicians/classification/utilization : Specialties, Medical/economics/statistics & numerical data : Surgical Procedures, Operative/classification/economics : United States : United States Health Care Financing Administration : Whites/statistics & numerical data : Workload/statistics & numerical data
NTIS Number
PB96-172663