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CMS proposes 6.1% cut in Medicare payments to docs for January
Modern Healthcare

Physicians would receive a 6.1% cut to their Medicare payments starting Jan. 1, 2011, under a proposed rule issued by the CMS. That reduction would be in addition to a projected 23.5% cut that is scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, provided that Congress doesn’t act to change it. The proposed rule’s creation follows a tumultuous debate on Capitol Hill over Medicare’s sustainable growth-rate formula. The SGR formula has called for payment cuts to doctors for years, with Congress stepping in intermittently to stop the reductions.