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Advising the Congress on Medicare issues
MedPAC > Recommendations > Physician services and ambulatory surgical centers (2)

Physician services and ambulatory surgical centers (2)

February 26, 2009

The Congress should establish a budget-neutral payment adjustment for primary care services billed under the physician fee schedule and furnished by primary-care-focused practitioners. Primary-care-focused practitioners are those whose specialty designation is defined as primary care and/or those whose pattern of claims meets a minimum threshold of furnishing primary care services. The Secretary would use rulemaking to establish criteria for determining a primary-care-focused practitioner.

Topics: Physicians and other health professionals.