HHS Pushes Back On Medicare Doc 'Opt-Out' Worries

Law360, New York (August 22, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday pushed back against concerns that a significant number of doctors might flee Medicare because of increasing regulation, saying enrollment gains have offset a spike in physician departures.

In a brief examining patient access to doctors, HHS acknowledged that roughly 9,500 physicians opted out of Medicare last year, up from 3,700 three years earlier.

Though that represents a sliver of the 650,000 doctors taking part in the federal health care program, it is a notable rise that...
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