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Surveys show flattening physician compensation

In the past few years the healthcare industry has developed an annual fall ritual: CMS proposes a cut to Medicare physician reimbursement rates, and providers and healthcare executives campaign aggressively to repeal the cuts, resulting in an 11th-hour payment freeze. This year it's a proposed 9.9% drop in physician reimbursement for 2008 that the industry's leaders are fighting to overturn.