Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Shlifer, Marc URN etd-06102012-040259 Title Determinants of physician participation in the medicare assignment program Degree Master of Arts Department Economics Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Meiselman, David I. Committee Chair Freiden, Alan N. Committee Member Mackay, Robert J. Committee Member Keywords
- cost of medical care
Date of Defense 1988-12-15 Availability restricted AbstractThe Medicare Participating Physician Program was
enacted in 1984 in an effort to increase physician
assignment of Medicare claims, and thereby reduce
beneficiary out of-pocket expenses. The program offers the
physician the security of near-certain payment on all
claims, although at rates that are in many cases, at levels
substantially, less than actual physician fees. This paper
examines the economic factors that influence the physician's
decision on participation.
Physicians of the Medical Society of Prince William County, Virginia, were surveyed for information relevant to
making the participation decision and the responses tabulated and used as input to a ergre rgersessisioonn equation
estimated using the logit technique. Physicians are more
likely to participate the higher the relative price received
for participating and the lower the probability of payment
by Medicare-eligible patients. Additionally, salaried
physicians are more likely to partiCipate than those who are self-employed.
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