Medicare Won’t Pay Fees for Services Next Year

Next year, doctors and hospitals will no longer get paid according to the fee for services model. They will get a fixed salary according to how well patients do. We will see the equivalent of patient report cards.

Personalized care is out, government one-size fits all healthcare is in.

The more tests, scans, surgeries that hospitals and doctors do, the less they will make.

What could possibly go wrong?

It will have a devastating effect on patients’ access to care.

Patients who come back for the same problem will be included in the one-time bulk rate.

Beginning next year, Medicare, the healthcare plan for 50 million elderly and disabled Americans, will base 30% of the payments on how well they care for patients. Eventually, it will be 50% of the payments.

“We believe these goals can drive transformative change,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, said in the statement.

That it will.

There will be fewer services in order to max out payments.

It will encourage laziness in diagnosis and care.