Medicare Won’t Pay Fees for Services Next Year



Next year, doctors and hospitals will no longer get paid according to the fee for services model. They will get a fixed salary according to how well patients do. We will see the equivalent of patient report cards.

Personalized care is out, government one-size fits all healthcare is in.

The more tests, scans, surgeries that hospitals and doctors do, the less they will make.

What could possibly go wrong?

It will have a devastating effect on patients’ access to care.

Patients who come back for the same problem will be included in the one-time bulk rate.

Beginning next year, Medicare, the healthcare plan for 50 million elderly and disabled Americans, will base 30% of the payments on how well they care for patients. Eventually, it will be 50% of the payments.

“We believe these goals can drive transformative change,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, said in the statement.

That it will.

There will be fewer services in order to max out payments.

It will encourage laziness in diagnosis and care.

With the government paying for healthcare, this is what you get. It’s all about the money, not about you and your care. This is the government getting between you and your doctor.

Healthcare providers are at more financial risk under Obamacare as it is.

“The people who are delivering care are increasingly at financial risk for the services that are being rendered,” Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalere Health, a Washington consulting firm, said in a phone interview with Newsmax. “It’s increasingly likely the physician or the hospital is going to make more money if they provide less care.”

Doctors and hospitals supposedly support it so far, not knowing the details.

Obamacare currently penalizes hospitals for readmissions of Medicare patients within 30 days of discharging them. The government claims it has saved 50,000 lives and reduced healthcare spending by about $12 billion according to the health department. Hard to believe.

It will cost quite a bit in the end.

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