By Richard Nelson, managing editor, January 03, 2011
The American Academy of Dermatology Association’s survey of members regarding Medicare physician payment policy and the Medicare patient population provides a closer look at how dermatologists might cope with program cuts. The survey revealed that Medicare patients make up a significant percentage of the patient base of the dermatology practices surveyed more than 89 percent of practices surveyed reported that they earn at least one-fifth of their revenue from Medicare.
Invitations to complete the survey were sent via e-mail to a randomly selected representative sample of 3,503 Academy members; 662 members responded. The survey results have a margin of error of 3.7 percent with a 95 percent confidence interval.