Friday, December 10, 2010

Although Medicare reimbursement cuts are delayed, geriatric physicians don't have a good future

Jerald Winakur, a geriatric physician and professor at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, has a major article on p A25 of the Washington Post on Friday, December 10, “The Unkindest Cut: Seniors will be the real victims of payment reductions to Medicare doctors”. The link is here.

Although Congress has temporarily staved off a 23% reduction in payments, the long term future for geriatric office practice, he writes, is poor, partly because it tends to be labor intensive. That runs counter to the aim of keeping more seriously ill seniors at home rather than in institutions where, admittedly, delivery of services is probably more efficient and ultimately less expensive.

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