Medicare recently released, for the first time, details on 2012 payments to individual doctors and other health professionals serving the 46 million seniors and disabled in its Part B program. Part B covers services as varied as office visits, ambulance mileage, lab tests, and the doctor’s fee for open-heart surgery. Use this tool to find and compare providers. | Related story »
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Mental Health Providers Score Highest in Intensity of Office Visits
Office visits are reimbursed on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most intensive and costly. Mental health professionals bill Medicare for level 5 visits most frequently compared to other specialties, with cancer doctors following close behind.
Here’s the breakdown of office visits by specialty (for patients seen at least once before).
Medicare Payments by State
|District of Columbia||$173M|
Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Plan and Provider Enumeration System, American Medical Association
Services that begin with a letter come from CMS. All other codes and descriptions of the medical procedures are from the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set, copyright 2013 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. Where practical, AMA’s consumer friendly translation of the CPT descriptor was used. ProPublica has received permission from the AMA to use these codes on this site.