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Congress gets breathing room before Medicare payment cuts

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, March 2, 2010

A 21% cut in Medicare fees paid to doctors were due to kick in March 1 because Congress failed to pass a temporary extension as a result of objections by Sen. Jim Bunning to a bill that also contained job measures and other healthcare provisions. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has put a hold for 10 business days on physician Medicare claims, in effect giving Congress two more weeks to work things out before the payment cuts affect reimbursements to doctors, the Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports.