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Overhaul Won’t Fix Medicare Physician Payment System

Editor’s note: So help me out here. Here is a real issue. Congress is attempting to deal with an entire health care overhaul. What’s the proposal to resolve this issue that makes health care more effective, efficient and above all affordable?

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The current health care overhaul effort was supposed to prompt Congress to fix one of its most troublesome recurring problems — a formula that each year demands deep cuts in Medicare payments to physicians, forcing lawmakers to scrounge for money to temporarily stop the cuts.

But once again, Congress is most likely to settle for another one-year patch to block a scheduled 22 percent reduction in the payments to doctors in 2010.

That would set up even deeper required cuts in 2011, and force lawmakers to step in again next year — just as it has almost every year since 2002.

At best, lawmakers might scratch up enough money to patch over both years.

http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=cqmidday-000003214803

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October 1, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | , , ,

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