November 20th, 2009

Mayo Clinic in W. Valley opting out of Medicare for primary care

By Kelley Luckstein

Low reimbursements have led one West Valley medical facility to stop taking certain Medicare patients, a pilot program that an Arizona health-care expert says may become a long-term trend in the industry…

 

The Mayo Clinic announced in October that its Arrowhead Family Medicine practice will stop taking Medicare payments for primary-care services…

 

"We tend to see more Medicare patients in that area," said Lyn Closway, Mayo spokeswoman. "This is a (two-year) pilot and we will re-evaluate or reassess this after an appropriate period of time."

 

Arizona Republic by Cecilia Chan, 11/19/09

 

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Arizona, Medicare, primary care

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