Effects of selected fee schedule options on physicians' Medicare receipts.
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The Congress has indicated interest in modifying the system by which Medicare pays for physicians' services, and implementation
of a Medicare fee schedule may be the most feasible change in the near term. In this article, the effects on physicians' Medicare
receipts of a variety of fee schedules are simulated using 1984 Medicare claims data for a nationally representative sample
of physician practices. The results show that reasonable choices concerning specialty and geographic differentials would shift
payments away from surgical specialists and urban areas toward generalists (general practitioners, family practitioners, and
internists) and less urban areas.
Data Collection : Fee Schedules/methods : Insurance, Physician Services/economics : Medicare/economics : Specialties, Medical/economics
: Statistics : United States