HHS website updates

HHS has freshened up its health information technology web site so that it has a look similar to its health care transparency web site. HHS also has added physician fees to its Medicare consumer initiatives web site. As Medicare pays fees to physicians based on a resource based relative value schedule, there is not a lot of variation in the fees for particular services other than regional adjustments. CMS suggests that you may want to use the chart to find a lower priced region to have your colonoscopy procedure (I’m not making this up), thereby reducing the coinsurance.