secret panel sets doctor fees yearly

secret panel sets doctor fees yearly

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#1 Jul 20, 2013

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#2 Jul 20, 2013
Trust no one! Everyday there's a story of someone cheating the American people.
Now it's the doctors......I'm not surprised!
So much for transparency!!!

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#3 Jul 20, 2013
"In justifying the value it assigns to a colonoscopy, the AMA estimates that the basic procedure takes 75 minutes of a physicianÂ’s time, including work performed before, during and after the scoping."

Thing is, "the physician" doesn't actually do all the before and after work (I know this, because I just had one). Plus some steps can be performed simultaneously with others but each step is assigned a time value so they often add up to more than the total time it actually takes.

For a simple example take a person having two procedures. One takes 20 minutes and the other takes 30 minutes. There are two people working, one for each procedure, at the same time. You are billed for 50 man-minutes (one person working 30 minutes and the other, 20 minutes), even though the time you were actually in the procedure room was 30 minutes.

The AMA is setting these times as if one person were doing the work in a sequential fashion, even though it isn't performed that way.

You can see the same kind of thing when you take your car to the shop with multiple problems.

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