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Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing “MedPAC lists cuts to save $233 bil­lion,” ModernPhysi­, Sept. 21: It is sad that the Medi­care Pay­ment Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion’s “doc fix” in­cludes an in­dis­crim­i­nate across-the-board freeze for pri­ma­rycare ser­vices and an an­nual in­dis­crim­i­nate across-the-board de­crease in spe­cial­ist ser­vices.

Why do they con­tinue to put forth re­im­burse­ment fixes that ad­dress over-served and un­der­served ar­eas of the coun­try equally? It’s mind-numb­ing! A bet­ter way would be to ad­dress re­im­burse­ment for spe­cific ser­vices and to ad­dress what has been de­scribed as “ar­ti­fi­cial de­mand cre­ation.” Less ob­jec­tion, higher qual­ity medicine and bet­ter eco­nomic re­sults! Michael Samms

CEO En­able Qual­ity Health

Over­land Park, Kan.

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