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Medicare doctors guess at paychecks amid reimbursement questions

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, April 2, 2010

April 1 marks the day that Medicare?s 21% reimbursement pay cuts were to go into effect, and Congress left for its Easter recess without voting to delay the scheduled start of lower payments to doctors. The agency that oversees Medicare has effectively delayed the cuts by deciding not to pay claims for the first 10 business days in April. When Congress returns, it's still expected to adopt another law to delay the cuts for longer. In the short-term, doctors' cash flow should not be disrupted much, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. But the long-standing threat of Medicare cuts are weighing on doctors, say medical societies.