Long-Term Care

Medicare physician payment cuts retroactively delayed

Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, July 1, 2010

The House passed a six-month plan, known as the doc fix, on June 24 that repeals a 21% reduction of doctor’s fees paid by Medicare. The legislation comes with a price tag of $6.4 billion and will be retroactive to June 1 – when the cuts were first scheduled to take effect. The fix marks the 10th payment cut delay since 2002, but was deemed necessary so as to avoid the chance of doctors turning away Medicare patients, according to The New York Times.

A week earlier, the Senate approved the measure without a roll-call vote after it was separated from a piece of tax and safety-net spending legislation, which is currently stalled. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi voiced frustration with the Senate’s lack of action. She originally said the House would not approve any short-term resolutions that would only delay the Medicare physician payment cuts until a later date.

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