Sermo (http://www.sermo.com), the world's largest online community for physicians, today announced its weekly hot topic. 850 physicians participated in a Sermo post -- including a discussion and online poll -- about the Mayo Clinic of Arizona's plan to drop Medicare as a third-party payer for primary care in 2010. Mayo reported losses of $840 million from Medicare in 2009, a deciding factor in the decision. The discussion reflects growing concern among physicians that they will not be able to continue treating Medicare patients due to financial losses they incur from the program's low reimbursement rates.
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