Congress Misses Medicare Payment Cut Deadline
abc ^ | June 1, 2010 | DAN CHILDS
Posted on June 2, 2010 9:52:56 AM PDT by george76
Doctors May Soon Be Forced to Accept Lower Reimbursements for Treating Medicare Patients.
A missed deadline by Congress may mean many of the country’s 44 million Medicare patients will have a harder time finding a doctor — piquing the frustration of many physicians who already care for these patients.
On Friday, the Senate adjourned for its traditional Memorial Day break without eliminating a physician payment cut for treatments to Medicare patients that took effect today, which means that the country’s doctors may soon be paid 21.3 percent less to treat Medicare patients.
In a statement issued Friday, Dr. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association, expressed outrage.
“The Senate has turned its back on seniors,” Rohack said in the statement. “Senators are more interested in heading home for the holiday than in preventing a Medicare meltdown for seniors... Already, about one in four Medicare patients looking for a new primary care physician have trouble finding one, and Congressional inaction will make it much worse.”
Some doctors anticipate that this threat will force them to change the way they conduct their practices — and for some, the changes have already begun.
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PALIN WAS RIGHT: OBAMAS BUDGET DIRECTOR ADMITS DEATH PANELS WILL CONTROL DECISIONS UNDER OBAMACARE
TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 04/27/2010 | Gary P.
Posted on April 27, 2010 11:02:15 AM PDT by Patriot1259
Remember when the radical left wing, including our President, as well as the squishy, gutless Republican moderates lost their minds when Sarah Palin said she wasnt all that happy to know that her special needs son and aging parents would have to stand before Obamas death panels and be evaluated before they received care? Yeah, me too.
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