Medicare’s Doc Pay Plan Has Hospitals Eyeing Bottom Line

Law360, New York (July 15, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT) -- Medicare’s new proposal to pay primary care physicians for managing the sickest patients without requiring face-to-face interaction carries hidden financial implications for hospitals, potentially helping them duck readmission penalties but also eating into their income by preventing admissions in the first place, experts say.

In a proposed rule issued last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that starting in 2015, it intends to allow doctors to bill for an array of services provided to patients with two or more chronic diseases. Characterized as...
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