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IG: Lack Of Clarity On ‘Conflicts Of Interest’ May Impact Medicare Coverage Decisions

The New York Times reports that large amounts of money are in play.

The New York Times: Lax Policing Of Doctor And Pharmacy Conflicts Is Found In Medicare Coverage Decisions
Deciding which drugs will be covered by Medicare can influence huge amounts of spending, but government officials do little to police conflict of interest among doctors and pharmacists who make those decisions, federal investigators said Monday (Pear, 3/5).

Meanwhile, PBS NewsHour examines developments in Texas to determine why access-to-care may become an issue for some seniors - 

PBS NewsHour: Access To Doctors Shrinks For Some Medicare Patients (Video)
It's getting harder and harder for some seniors to find a primary care physician. Ray Suarez reports on why the threat of massive cuts to Medicare reimbursement rates has left some doctors so worried that they've decided to stop taking new Medicare patients (3/4).

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