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Accepting Medicare Patients No More

Editor’s note: If Mayo is an efficient health care delivery model, is this a harbinger of things to come throughout the industry. History suggests that when funding was reduced to Medicare Plus Choice plans in the 1990’s, this is exactly what happened. We’ve seen this movie… the ability to make a competitive margin (versus other options and opportunities) will determine the fate of business.

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Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) — The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little.

More than 3,000 patients eligible for Medicare, the government’s largest health-insurance program, will be forced to pay cash if they want to continue seeing their doctors at a Mayo family clinic in Glendale, northwest of Phoenix, said Michael Yardley, a Mayo spokesman. The decision, which Yardley called a two-year pilot project, won’t affect other Mayo facilities in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aHoYSI84VdL0

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January 1, 2010 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare, insurance, Medicare | , , , , ,

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