I find this to be amusing. Imagine a scenario where if you order a test on a Medicare patient that you get PENALIZED for it. Well, that is not some fantasy. News has come out that the CMS is pushing this new type of stick training program where they will penalize doctors for doing something they don’t like. The “move by Medicare would be part of a federal effort to define and reward quality in health-care services”. Do you see how this trojan horse worked? Under the guise of the bogus term “quality” the government now controls how you treat and test and deal with patients. Remember, once the government starts something then the insurance companies are not far behind.
There is a positive side to this. A PSA test is only a few bucks (wholesale). But it doesn’t have to be the PSA. There are tons of tests that the government won’t let you order now already. How about vitamin D? There is no symptoms of it but 90% of us are low. If you order that now then your patient has to pay. So what? It costs about $25 (wholesale). My point is that when you walk from the system then the only one deciding what test to order is you and the patient. So, by all means, let the government keep doing this overreaching tactic. It only makes me laugh.