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Doctors say Medicare's pay cuts are killing their practices

The Tennessean, March 1, 2010

Doctors face a 21% overall cut in Medicare reimbursements that becomes effective March 1, although it could still be averted by a monthlong stay that the U.S. House passed last week. But many doctors are holding out hope for a "permanent fix" to how physicians are paid. In the interim, more doctor practices are considering not accepting new Medicare patients. Many other doctors are seeking employment at hospitals. And others are focusing more on patients who pay out of pocket and ending ties with insurers that cut rates, The Tennessean reports.