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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Mayo Clinic in Arizona to Stop Treating Some Medicare Patients -

Read Here: Mayo Clinic in Arizona to Stop Treating Some Medicare Patients -

"The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for
efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at
one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too
little....More than 3,000 patients eligible for Medicare, the government’s
largest health-insurance program, will be forced to pay cash if they want to
continue seeing their doctors at a Mayo family clinic in Glendale, northwest of
Phoenix, said Michael Yardley, a Mayo spokesman. The decision, which Yardley
called a two-year pilot project, won’t affect other Mayo facilities in Arizona,
Florida and Minnesota....Obama in June cited the nonprofit Rochester,
Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for offering “the
highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” Mayo’s move to drop
Medicare patients may be copied by family doctors, some of whom have stopped
accepting new patients from the program, said Lori Heim, president of the
American Academy of Family Physicians, in a telephone interview yesterday."

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