Congress promised physicians that it would increase Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) rates by 0.5% in 2018. Such a raise, in and of itself, would have added 37 cents to the allowable charge for an average office visit. However, physicians won't get that extra 37 cents for such patient encounters. They're going to have to settle for 23 cents, according to a report in Medscape.
The tiny raise made tinier is a study in disappointment. A minor disappointment perhaps, but one emblematic of a government program that many physicians love to hate.
The disappointment sprang from a law enacted in 2015.