Dec 19, 2009

Medicare Physician Fee Cuts Delayed

Physician Fee Cuts Delayed

Cuts in Medicare payments to physicians in 2010 were delayed until March when the U.S. Senate approved a $636 billion military appropriations bill today. The bill includes a provision delaying Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to reduce Medicare payments by 21.2 percent beginning Jan. 1. Physician payments are frozen at 2009 levels through Feb. 28.

The House passed it earlier in the week. The bill goes to President Obama for his signature.

TMA will continue to push Congress to adopt a permanent fix to institute a fair payment system that automatically keeps up with the cost of running a practice and is backed by a fair, stable funding formulaMedicare

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