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On 11/1 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Medicare reimbursement for physicians would be cut by 27.4% in 2012---instead of the 29.5% that was previously planned. Doctors that get by on federal payment for seeing older folks are SOL. Older folks are likely to be in a pickle too, as fewer docs will stick with them, given the hoop jumping required to get paid diddley in the first place. As a naturopath I won't qualify for medicare payment in the first place, so I have limited sympathy for those physicians who consider this cut to be akin to a death sentence. The medscape article suggests that nearly 13% of family physician practices may have to close due to the decrease in financial viability. There is another way for us to take care of our elders. We just haven't found it yet.

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liveonearth
Nov. 4th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
What sort of place do you work at??

Your grandma's not the only one. I saw a 72 year old lady yesterday who is in good health (her complaint was a sore toe) but losing her memory and bored with her husband of 50+ years. She came to our clinic to have someone to TALK to....

Certainly, as we age, there are plenty of things that go wrong that we just can't fix. Seems increasingly important to help people remain engaged in LIFE so that the accumulation of insults doesn't end up being depressing and ultimately paralyzing.
hausfrauatu
Nov. 8th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/directory/seniors/premium.aspx?id=1787875#.TriGqYbbBOA

Here is where I work...for now, lol. Brookridge Heights Assisted Living.
liveonearth
Nov. 8th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
I'm envious that you have a JOB. And an income. I haven't had one of those in long enough now that it's starting to sound miraculous.

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