Medicare officials are touting a smaller-than-average increase in Part A and Part B premiums, adding that in some cases seniors will even pay less in 2012 than they did this year. Officials are linking the smaller increase to the slower spending growth for health services for seniors, due in part to the Affordable Care Act.
Meanwhile, a new survey details potential cuts in access to care if the looming 29.5% Medicare pay cut goes into affect. Among the more than 2,000 physician group practices surveyed, more than half said they’d be taking fewer new Medicare patients.
For details on that and more, listen to this week’s Policy & Practice Podcast.
Stay tuned next week for details on the physician fee schedule for 2012.
– Frances Correa (@FMCReporting)