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16 October 2013

Medicare Leads the Market in Setting Physician Payments

Jeffrey Clemens and Joshua Gottlieb find that when Medicare increases its relative payment for a surgical procedure by $1, private payments for such procedures increase by even more: $1.30. The effect of a Medicare reimbursement increase on non-Medicare payments is greatest in markets in which physicians are not organized into provider groups.
 
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