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Reimbursement policies in headache care

Stuart B Black

in Headache care, research and education worldwide

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584680
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753435 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199584680.003.007

Series: Frontiers in Headache Research Series

Reimbursement policies in headache care

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In summary, there do appear to be significant barriers to consultancy costs and reimbursements that affect patient access to headache physicians. This is further compounded by the obstacles placed upon headache patients, such as insurance plans limiting the amount of appropriate medications for migraine sufferers and a complicated referral system that often limits access to certain specialists. If complex policies of physician reimbursement and a perceived misallocation of compensation that results in serious underpayment for cognitive physicians who are paid for daily E/M office visits are not properly addressed, the difficult CPT coding system may yield too little net income to physicians interested in headache medicine. In the long run, inadequate reimbursements could discourage qualified physicians from entering into this important area of medicine. It may also discourage actively practicing physicians from treating migraine and other headache disorders. This could also ultimately affect the care of all headache patients.

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Subjects: Neurology ; Public Health and Epidemiology

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