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Senate Again Fails to Approve Fix to 21% Cut; Payment Reductions to Begin
Health Leaders Media

Physicians hoping to see a postponement at last of a 21% cut in Medicare and TRICARE reimbursements faced disappointment on Thursday as the Senate failed to pass a new “doc fix” amendment to the jobs bill (HR 4213). The Senate is not likely to vote on the provision again until next week. Thursday was significant because it was the last day that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ contractors would hold claims so that the 21% reduction would not be removed from payments made to physicians for service claims provided on and after June 1.

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