“Country Doctor” (oil on masonite), by WILLIAM MEDCALF, for a Brown and Bigelow calendar illustration in the 1950s.
Copyright 2016 National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, R.I. Photo courtesy of the American Illustrators Gallery, New York City.
Physicians in various regions of the country discuss how they’re dealing with the end of Medicare’s 10 percent bonus for primary-care physicians. The bonus was meant to incentivize qualifying primary-care physicians under the Affordable Care Act for the last five years.
MedPage Today reports that the end of the bonus means that eligible physicians will lose an average of about $31 a year per beneficiary.
The online publication reported: “Across the country, many physicians eligible for the bonus said they haven’t paid attention to the 10 percent cut because there are so many cuts mixed in with so many incentive payments, like the physician quality reporting program and the value-based payment modifier. It’s hard to follow what impact each has on revenue streams. It also gets mixed up in their minds with new codes Medicare allows for non-face-to-face, wellness, and transitional care.”