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White House wants to tie Medicare fee fix to overhaul of IT

The Hill, December 11, 2007

The Bush administration has issued an eleventh-hour challenge to the physician lobby's efforts to prevent a pending 10 percent cut in their Medicare fees, in the form of call for a mandate that doctors use new information technology standards. The administration wants to tie any legislation blocking the cut, scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, to physicians' adoptions of health IT in their offices.