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Fewer Medicare Patients and Specialists Due to Consult Code Cuts
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Upset about the federal government’s elimination of pay for specialty consultations, about one in five physicians has eliminated or cut back on accepting new Medicare patients, according to a survey by the American Medical Association and 17 professional specialist societies.

The AMA says that 7,781 doctors responded, of which 6,911 said they treat Medicare patients and about 5,500 completed most questions, which were distributed between April 12 and April 30 this year.