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Monday, January 28, 2013

NEWSHOUR TRAVELS TO AUSTIN TO STUDY PHYSICIANS' MEDICARE CRISIS

In the year 2000, 78 percent of Texas physicians opened their practices to all new Medicare patients. Twelve years later — thanks to congressional dithering on Medicare payments and thousands of pages of onerous new regulations — that figure is down to 58 percent. That’s the basic message I shared with Betty Ann Bowser, health correspondent for PBS NewsHour, who came to Austin for a story about why more and more physicians can no longer take new Medicare patients. She also interviewed Austin Regional Clinic founder Norm Chenven, MD, and internist Howard Marcus, MD.

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