The New York Times published an article on April 1, 2009 about how physicians -- particularly specialists including internists -- are opting out of Medicare. They are no longer accepting Medicare, either because they have opted out of the insurance system or they are not accepting new patients with Medicare coverage. The doctors’ reasons: reimbursement rates are too low and paperwork too much of a hassle. We also see another reason: up to 3 years later, there can be audits which seek overpayment for technical paperwork reasons even where the services have been provided.
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