Doc Accountability Key To Medicare Pay Reform, Experts Say

Law360, New York (May 14, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT) -- Early signs of possible consensus on how to replace Medicare's much-maligned physician payment formula emerged at a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday, with experts calling for doctors to shoulder more responsibility for patient outcomes and urging reduced reimbursement for specialists and certain procedures.

The hourlong discussion of scrapping the so-called sustainable growth rate witnessed repeated insistence that physicians must be held more accountable for quality of care, and panelists reported that health care providers are increasingly on board with the idea after years of demanding the SGR's...
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