Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Michael Todd, Eflux Media The Bush administration┬╣s announcement about the 10 percent fee cut in Medicare payments for doctors managed to cause wide distress throughout the industry. Many doctors stated that if the 10 percent payment reduction will be indeed approved, they will no longer afford to see Medicare┬╣s patients. With the new bill, doctors would end up paying for every patient what would walk through the door instead of being awarded for their work and actually making a profit.

In a study released by the American Medical Association, more than 60 percent of the doctors involved in the poll, declared that they would considerably limit their number of Medicare patients. The physicians claim that the government decision is not fair, as their practices have several significant monthly expenses such as health insurance for their employees, electricity and technical updates.

Even though the cut was scheduled to take effect on July 1, the government decided on a two week extension period, in order to solve the reimbursement dispute.

Robert Pear, NY Times Congress returns to work this week with Medicare high on the agenda and Senate Republicans under pressure after a barrage of radio and television advertisements blamed them for a 10.6 percent cut in payments to doctors who care for millions of older Americans. The advertisements, by the American Medical Association, urge Senate Republicans to reverse themselves and help pass legislation to fend off the cut. . .

Just before the Fourth of July recess, the House passed a bill to prevent the Medicare pay cut by a vote of 355 to 59. In the Senate, Republicans blocked efforts to take up the bill, so the cut took effect on July 1, as required by the formula. But the Bush administration has delayed processing of new claims to give Congress time to come up with a compromise. . .

Democrats need just one more vote to pass the bill, and they hope to win over Republicans who were hit by advertisements over the recess


At July 8, 2008 5:23 PM, Blogger Dave said...

This is all a rip-off. Either we get a 10% reduction to doctors who then refuse to see patients, OR we get a reduction in payments for Medicare Advantage plans which means that my treatment for a rare muscle disease will be too expensive. I will have to stop seeing doctors, etc. except rarely. Basically, the politicians are taking their failure to do their job and letting the economy get out of control, out on the seniors, who look like the group least likely to threaten their tenure.


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