While psychiatrists and other physicians certainly understand Medicare budget pressures and are willing to do their fair share, their costs have steadily increased while Medicare payments have not. This is particularly true for specialists like psychiatrists who provide cognitive services defined by time, since they cannot – as can most other specialists – adjust for payment reductions by increasing the volume and/or intensity of their services. This constant pressure can eventually lead to barriers to the very best patient care, and may be compounded by proposals to tie Medicare payments to reporting requirements.
Medicare beneficiaries need and deserve access to the highest quality care, and the APA is committed to ensuring this level of care for America’s seniors and disabled populations.
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