Medscape July 5, 2022
Primary care providers could add more than $100,000 to their incomes by billing more often for prevention and coordination of care services using Medicare codes, a new study shows.
According to the new research, primary care physicians used these codes for a median of only 2.3% of services provided to eligible patients.
“Investing in primary care is good for the health of patients, for achieving health equity, and for improving the value of health care spending, and yet the U.S. underinvests in primary care,” lead author Sumit D. Agarwal, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, said in an interview.
“One strategy to rectify this has been to add billing codes to the physician fee schedule for PCPs to use...