Originally Posted by PADPM
I also don't remember the details, but there was a post where I stated that there was parity in payments among DPMs and MDs. However, I believe I also corrected myself when I learned that in some states, some insurance companies do pay on a different scale.
Although it apparently does occur, I believe it's not common. Additionally, in the 3 states where I'm licensed the reimbursements have always been equal.
Do you take Medicaid patients? I am only a student but I have met several podiatrists who complained of agreeing on a price for a treatment and then getting paid half the agreed amount with no real explanation as to why. The doctors would fight it and usually just get the response, "we never agreed on that price." This does vary by state, though, because currently the law allows states to decide Medicaid reimbursements for podiatrists, so at any time the government can just decide not to pay you. Again, as a student I have no first hand experience with this. I just hear these stories from podiatrists I have shadowed, met at conferences, etc. This is not usually a problem through Medicare or the big insurance companies, although those guys have some issues of their own that need resolving ...