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Full Title: Determinants of Increases in Medicare Expenditures for Physicians' Services

October 2003

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Clinical Focus*

This report responds to the legislative mandate of the Balanced Budget Reconciliation Act (BBRA) of 1999 by:

  1. Analyzing changes in expenditures for physicians' services
  2. Disaggregating, to the extent possible, the changes in Medicare expenditures for physicians' services into the components specified in the legislation.

Specifically, the report:

  • Briefly describes how the methods used to determine expenditures for physicians' services were updated during the study period, including the changes in services targeted by both the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and Volume Performance System (VPS) and how these targets are calculated.
  • Presents the results of researcher's comparison, beginning with a comparison of physicians' services expenditures by fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare with expenditures by other payers.
  • Presents the results of researchers' analyses of the determinants of those trends in the Medicare program over the period 1993-1998.

*Addressed in the summary or evidence report.

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Determinants of Increases in Medicare Expenditures for Physicians' Services

Evidence-based Practice Center: Southern California
Topic Nominator: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Current as of October 2003


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