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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have suspended ObamaCare cuts! Thoughts?

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.

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 8:52 AM on Mar. 31, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • 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

  • They will delay until after the 2012 election.

    Answer by Carpy at 9:01 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • I don't blame them! Since when is it a crime for a business owner to charge whatever they want for goods or services?! I hope many others follow in "SUIT!" This "war on capitalism" that Obama and progressive democrats have waged is ridiculous!

    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

  • This week, next week, next month.... Really, what difference does it make?

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:13 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • They are essentially mandating Doctors, Pharmacies, and their staff to take a 21% paycut and eat the costs.... With Dr's and pharmacies already dropping medicaid patients. Is ObamaCare going to narrow the list of providers even MORE??

    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!


    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

  • More proof doctors are out to line their pockets not provide healthcare. This article says more about them than Obama or the healthcare bill.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:37 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • WONDERFUL. Doctors don't need to be charging patients as much as they do right now. Do you know I can walk into the Dr., ask him one question (all of five minutes) and still be charged 90.00? YOU CALL THAT FREEDOM? LOL!!! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:38 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

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