Medicare reform: Short-term gain but long-term pain

January 1, 2004
Ray Painter, MD

Urologist Ray Painter, MD, is president of Physician Reimbursement Systems, Inc., in Denver, and is also publisher of Urology Coding and Reimbursement Sourcebook.

Be prepared for a short-term gain that may be a long-term pain. The AmericanMedical Association has claimed a major political victory with passage ofthe Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003,and I certainly hope the AMA is correct. Certainly the pay increase overthe next 2 years is great. However, I have concerns about many of the otherissues addressed in the bill.