The Battle Over Medicare Cuts To Doctor Paymentsby Denise Early on Jun. 18, 2010, under Health
Democrats don’t want to cut doctor fees by 21%, as required by law. Republicans don’t want these cuts either. But political partisanship has held up the necessary vote to prevent the cuts from going into effect. In order to avoid the cuts, which were supposed to take effect on June 1, Medicare has put off paying its bills to doctors. This delay was supposed to last just 10 days. Now they will delay paying bills for another week, so they won’t have to pay docs 21% less for services already provided to Medicare patients.
I’m on vacation, so I’m providing a link to an article from the AARP Bulletin that talks about this stalemate: “Medicare Doctors Face Pay Cut – Again”.