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AMA ads say Senate 'took a vacation' instead of fixing Medicare

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, June 4, 2010

The American Medical Association has established a multi-million dollar ad campaign that states Senators left town for a Memorial Day vacation rather than staying to deal with the looming cuts in Medicare reimbursement to doctors. The AMA wants the public to contact senators and tell them to "get back to work and fix Medicare now." A 21% cut in reimbursement rates to doctors officially took effect June 1, but CMS put a 10-business-day hold on payment processing.