|Lyle Swenson, M.D.,|
2011-2012 MMA President
The MedPAC Trustees acknowledged that Medicare pays about 80 percent more for an outpatient visit at a hospital than for the same type of visit at a physician’s office. With the increased hiring of physicians by hospitals, this is thought to be costing Medicare a significant amount of money. MedPAC Chairman Glenn Hackbarth says that “Medicare needs to move, over time, to paying the same amount for the same service, regardless of the provider type”.