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AMA's Role in Setting Medicare Fees Battered

Two prominent media reports critical of the American Medical Association's influence over payment rates for services on the Medicare physician fee schedule coincide with a renewed legislative push to diminish the group's power over pricing.

1 comments on "AMA's Role in Setting Medicare Fees Battered"
David Harlow (7/25/2013 at 11:42 AM)

That's $85 Billion with a B. - And that's for Medicare physician reimbursement alone. The related costs (facility fees, including devices) are much higher. It is important to understand that even with a move away from fee-for-service medicine, there still needs to be agreement on how to budget for physician and other health care provider services. As this story demonstrates, there is some significant discontentment with the way in which the RUC dominates this issue on the physician side.