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Neurology. 2001 Mar 13;56(5):586-91.

A profile of neurology practice based on Medicare services: an AAN Medical Economics and Management Committee report. American Academy of Neurology.

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University of California Los Angeles, Department of Neurology, 90095, USA.



This report uses Medicare data to provide insight into the patient care services most often provided by neurologists.


The 1998 Medicare data set for physician services was obtained from the Health Care Financing Administration. Neurologists' services were tabulated and compared to the 1998 American Academy of Neurology Member Demographic and Practice Characteristics Report. A profile was derived of neurologists' typical services.


Patient visits represent 70% of neurologists' services when evaluated by income. Office was the site of service for 62% of patient visit income. Established patients were 29% of patient visit income. Neurologists frequently code patient visits at levels of service higher than used by other physicians. EMG and nerve conduction velocity together represent 55% of neurodiagnostic services when evaluated by income.


Patient care continues to be the main service of neurologists, with office care more than hospital care. Established patient care is an important part of patient services, confirming the role of the neurologist in principal care. Neurologists' patient care levels of service are higher than for other physicians.

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