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Negotiations with medical groups up to insurers
Ventura County Star

Noel Frias is a marketing representative for a group of Oxnard doctors. The new healthcare bill will gradually decrease payments to the group for Medicare Advantage patients, so Frias is wondering whether the healthcare plans will continue to contract with medical groups like his. The part of healthcare reform Frias is concerned about becomes effective in 2014.

Dr. Shana Alex Lavarreda, UCLA director of health insurance studies, said it will be up to each health plan to negotiate and figure out how the payments will work and whether they will continue to use a particular medical group for their Medicare Advantage patients.