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Down to the wire again with Medicare payment cuts for doctors

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, April 14, 2010

Congress has already missed the deadline for new legislation to block cuts of 21% in Medicare payments to doctors. The pay reduction officially took effect April 1, but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services put a hold on processing physician payments for 10 business days, effectively pushing off the bite on payments for physicians' services until April 15. A recent vote saw four Republican senators join with Democrats and independents to move ahead with the extension legislation. But some doctor groups are warning that there still may not be enough time to adopt final legislation approving a delay before April 15, the Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports.