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Former Medicare administrators asked to offer doc-pay ‘fix’
Modern Healthcare

The senior Democratic senator overseeing Medicare legislation directed four of the program’s former administrators to develop within a month both a short-term and a long-term “fix” to the program’s physician payment system, which faces a 30.9% cut in January.

The directive by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, followed a discussion by his panel of the chief barriers and opportunities to overhauling that much-maligned payment system.

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