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Another Medicare payment deadline blown: Prepare for AMA ads

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, June 3, 2010

Congress has missed the deadline for new legislation to block cuts of 21% in Medicare payments to doctors. The pay reduction officially took effect June 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 June 15. The American Medical Association is increasingly peeved with the blown deadlines and will soon lay out the details of a "multi-million dollar" ad campaign to get people to call their senators and have them deal with the issue, the Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports.