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Study: Physicians Change Treatment Patterns to Offset Payment Cuts
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Cutting or changing physician reimbursement doesn’t always produce the desired cost savings, as physicians are likely to increase services or switch to more profitable treatments after a cut, according to a new study. The study, which appears in the latest issue of Health Affairs, examined how oncologist treatment patterns for lung cancer changed after the Medicare Modernization Act reduced payments for certain chemotherapy drugs beginning in 2005.