The ‘Doc Fix’ and the AMA
Editor’s note: While the proposed HIRE Act postpones the Medicare reimbursement cut (of 21%) to physicians, the AMA is condemning the short-sighted nature of the proposal. Congress has continually applied a patchwork fix to the issue. They ulimately will need to decide to take one direction or another on this very thorny issue.
AMA calls for permanent fix to Medicare fee cuts for doctors
The American Medical Association condemned what it called the Senate’s short-term fix to block the 21% cut in Medicare reimbursements for doctors. The group said the provision, which is included in the Senate jobs bill, is a short-sighted solution that “increases the size of the cut and cost of reform and makes it very difficult for physicians to care for seniors and military families.” The AMA instead endorsed a measure tied to the health reform legislation that offers a permanent solution to the payment formula. BusinessWeek/Bloomberg (2/10)
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