10 Nov Slashing Medicare Reimbursements Curbs Treatment Overuse
HealthLeadersMedia.com | November 10 – Cuts in Medicare reimbursements can significantly reduce unnecessary care, according to a study conducted by university researchers and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Study authors from the University of Michigan, University of Florida and University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston analyzed Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results-Medicare (SEER-Medicare) data on nearly 55,000 men who were treated for prostate cancer. Their research showed that when Medicare reimbursements were cut for the prostate cancer hormonal treatment androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), the instances of inappropriate use declined from 39 percent to 22 percent over the course of the two-year study.
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