Doctors slated to have their Medicare reimbursements cut 21 percent on April 1 got a reprieve from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is delaying lowered payments until after Congress reconvenes.
The agency, which administers the U.S. health program for people 65 years and older and the disabled, has ordered that claims submitted on or after April 1 be held for an added 10 days before being paid, said spokesman Peter Ashkenaz. That’s on top of the 14 days the Baltimore-based CMS usually holds claims. …
Unless Congress postpones or scraps the cuts, the average reimbursement for a colonoscopy would fall to $294.57, compared with the current national rate of $374.20, said Ellen Griffith, a CMS spokeswoman. For a typical visit to the doctor’s office, the reimbursement would fall to $51.70 from $65.67 for an established patient, she said.
The American Medical Association says the reductions will make doctors less willing to accept Medicare patients and is pushing lawmakers to increase payments.
“Physicians will be forced to limit the care they can provide to Medicare patients when payments fall steeply below the cost of providing care,” James Rohack, president of the Chicago-based medical association, said in a statement. About 68 percent of the group’s members plan to limit the number of Medicare patients they treat when the government payment reduction takes effect, according to an AMA survey.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:54 AM on Mar. 31, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 9:01 AM on Mar. 31, 2010
Answer by LoriKeet at 9:08 AM on Mar. 31, 2010
For months, Democrats kept the medicare cuts IN the healthcare bill to maintain their delusion of being fiscal responsible. ObamaCare supporters sheepishly BOUGHT into it.
On April 1st~when those cuts don’t go into effect, ObamaCare becomes a deficit-expansion program.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:12 AM on Mar. 31, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:13 AM on Mar. 31, 2010
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:16 AM on Mar. 31, 2010
Don't forget that profit is a dirty, dirty word to progressives and we all need to learn to share. I don't understand why anyone would expect any professional, medical or otherwise, to take a 21% pay cut. Congress gives themselves a raise every damned year and look at their approval ratings. It's absurd to expect someone that goes into the medical field to earn 21% less for some of their patients.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:25 AM on Mar. 31, 2010
This is worse than rationed care for these people!
IT'S NO CARE!
If a low income patient can find a doctor, who speaks SOMEWHAT understandable English, the care will often be chit!
Which won't be a problem if you don't KNOW the care is chit!
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 9:26 AM on Mar. 31, 2010
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