I just read that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) wants Congress to continue bonus payments to primary care physicians, now set to expire in 2015. This reminded me of when I was employeed by a hospital for all those years. I never received this money. This bonus averages about $4-$10K each provider, each year. Go ahead and ask your administrator, “Where is my primary care bonus”? After her puzzled or angry face fades, she will respond with:
- “How about that local baseball team this year?”
- “Your contract allows us to collect all monies from Medicare”.
- “That money is being used for the collective good of the hospital.”
- “You must understand that each family doctor is being subsidized by the hospital so this money is being used to defray that cost.”
- “I like turtles.”
Please feel free to give me some more responses using the language of ADMINISTRALIAN.