Discuss the difference in Medicare payment methods for outpatient services and physician services

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Using the background materials and the information you find from the literature and on the Internet, respond to the following questions:

1.    Discuss the difference in Medicare payment methods for outpatient services and physician services.

2.    Discuss the difference between bundled payments and global payments.

REFERENCE/ INFO

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. (2010). Medicare Payment Basics: Physician Services Payment System. Available at http://www.medpac.gov/documents/MedPAC_Payment_Basics_10_Physician.pdf (Retrieved 11/21/2012)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. (2010). Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The Medicare Learning Network Payment Systems Fact Sheet Series. Available at http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/HospitalOutpaysysfctsht.pdf (Retrieved 11/21/2012)

Wilensky, G. (2009). Reforming Medicare’s Physician Payment System. New England Journal of Medicine, 360 (7), 653-655. Available at http://healthpolicyandreform.nejm.org/?p=334 (Retrieved 11/21/2012)

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