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Physician Groups Divided on GAO Self-Referral Report



Financial incentives for self-referring providers "were likely a major factor driving" an increase in referrals and millions of dollars in unnecessary Medicare costs, a Government Accounting Office report finds.



1 comments on "Physician Groups Divided on GAO Self-Referral Report"
erowe (8/6/2013 at 5:39 PM)

The article neglected to mention that if the In Office Exception is eliminated, many more Medicare services will be provided in hospital outpatient departments, which costs much more (sometimes more than 2 times more) than services provided in a physicians' office. The GAO reports also ignored this consideration, so their conclusion that this self referral cost more money than if those physicians had to send the studies out, is invalid. The CAP has a very vested interest in this issue, because they will get all the business that is denied to the treating physicians who are "self referring".