Determinants of Increases in Medicare Expenditures for Physicians' Services

Published in: Technical Review: no. 7 (Prepared By Southern California/RAND Evidence-based Practice Center, Under Contract No 290-97-0001). AHRQ Publication No. 04- 0008. (Rockville, MD: Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality, Oct. 2003), 107 p

by Paul G. Shekelle, Sally C. Morton, Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin, Miriam Laugesen, Dana P. Goldman, Hongjun Kan, Jose J. Escarce, Eileen M. McKinnon, Shannon Rhodes

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The tasks the authors undertook in response to the Congressional mandate were the following: --Describe the processes used to update payment rates for Medicare physicians' services --Analyze national trends in expenditures for physicians' services. --Disaggregate the changes in Medicare expenditures for physicians' services into the components specified in the legislation, to the extent possible.

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