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Friday, January 6th 2006

Medicare Cuts

This is old news but Congress is battling over whether to pass legislation (password required) that would halt an automatic kick in 4.4% reimbursement cut on Medicare payments to physicians. The passed House and Senate versions differ enough that they have to be ‘fixed’ in joint committee.

While the reimbursement proposal falls short of the minimum two years of positive updates for which the AMA fought, the bill also abandons a pay-for-performance plan disliked by many doctors.

I’m not quite sure what measures Medicare’s pay-for-performance plan might have used to judge doctors but apparently it wasn’t to the AMA’s liking.

In any case, it is no wonder so many medical school graduates compete to enter residencies that offer the opportunity to do cosmetic, cash only procedures.