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Medicare payment shift didn’t curb outlays: study
Modern Healthcare

Medicare spent more on primary care and specialty physicians in the year after a 2010 policy change that eliminated more-costly consultation payments but raised pay for office visits, a newly released analysis shows.

The increased office-visit pay—which remained lower by 16% to 61% than the discontinued consultation payments—nonetheless accounted for about two-thirds of the roughly 6.5% increase in spending that year after the policy change, according to the research, which was published online by the Archives of Internal Medicine.