CMS Proposes Primary Care Raises Funded With Specialist Cuts

CMS to give raise to Primary Care Physicians and Reduce Pay for Specialists

Medicare Addresses Shortage of Primary Care Doctors By Taking Money From Specialists, Giving It To Primary Care Docs

Medicare would reduce reimbursement for many types of specialists to fund sizable raises for primary care physicians in 2013, according to a proposed fee schedule that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released today.  See the story at Medscape.

Specialty Fee Change*
Anesthesiology -3%
Cardiology -3%
Interventional radiology -3%
Neurosurgery -1%
Pathology -2%
Radiology -4%
Urology -2%
Vascular Surgery -3%
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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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