Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) are getting a pay raise! That’s great news, they certainly deserve it. But it’s not new money – we really can’t afford to put much more in the Medicaid/Medicare system – the government is re-shuffling the deck. Increases in one area means cuts in another, and Cardiologists are among those taking the hit this time. The American College of Cardiology… as you can expect, they aren’t happy campers.
But what is the answer? I’m not smart enough to know. I think that whatever the answer is, it’s gonna hurt – and that is the last thing that politicians want to do. But given the choice, I’d rather take some pain now than the hurting thats going to happen when Medicare/Medicaid payments outrun the national economy. We haven’t seen that kind of pain.