Charged to Medicare: How Much Is Too Much?(Reflections) (Letter to the Editor)

Charged to Medicare: How Much Is Too Much?(Reflections) (Letter to the Editor)

It was just a tiny spot on my leg, but the dermatologist said it should come out soon–and he was booked for the month. So he called a plastic surgeon who was able to work me in right away–and whose specialty, we both knew, would result in a smaller scar. That, of course, appealed to the vanity in me. I had had some shoulder tissue removed years ago by a plastic surgeon, and I recalled it as a relatively simple office procedure. But this plastic surgeon said his preference was to remove the tissue in the hospital where a pathologist was standing by to determine, immediately upon removal, if sufficient margins had been taken, obviating the need for a return visit if more tissue needed to come out.

Charged to Medicare: How Much Is Too Much?(Reflections) (Letter to the Editor)



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