Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Doctors face 21 percent cut in Medicare payments

If you read the rest of the article, you will see WaPo and Obama blaming the Republicans for not voting for the funding bill. What they do not say it that the Dems cut this funding from ObamaCare in order to bring the "mythical" cost under what they had promised.

The Dems have also included this funding in a bill that has nothing to do with medical care. All the Republicans want are reductions elsewhere in order to make the bill deficit neutral.

Doctors with Medicare patients will start seeing a 21 percent pay cut this week after Congress failed to defer the cuts by two more years.

The Senate had until June 1 to avert the cuts. It is not expected to vote by Tuesday, when the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' temporary hold on Medicare claims expires.

"The Senate's failure to act before June 1 made the 21 percent cut the law of the land," AMA President J. James Rohack said in a statement. "Physicians will start seeing a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments this week that will hurt seniors' health care as physicians are forced to make practice changes to keep their practice doors open."

Legislation to restore doctor's pay -- known as the "doc fix" -- is part of a broader aid package that includes jobless benefits and more financial aid for the states.

Read Washington Post article here.

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