Medicare Hikes Payments for Some Doctors, Cuts Them for Others (1)

Dec. 1, 2020, 10:49 PM; Updated: Dec. 2, 2020, 12:08 AM

Primary care doctors and specialists who rely on office and outpatient visits to evaluate and manage their patients will see solid pay increases from Medicare next year. But physicians with fewer office billings will see program reimbursements fall significantly, the Trump administration announced Tuesday.

The rate reductions outlined in the final 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule are due to budget neutrality provisions in the Medicare Act that require program payment hikes be offset by equal reductions elsewhere.

“There are providers who are going to benefit. There are providers who are going to have decreases,” said Seema Verma, administrator of the ...

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