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Inland Empire doctors in for a Medicare pay raise
Southern California Public Radio

Doctors in San Bernardino and Riverside counties will finally be getting full Medicare reimbursement. President Obama is expected to sign into law a measure to amend a funding formula that hasn’t taken into account California’s population explosion in the Inland Empire.

The “Geographic Practice Cost Index Fix” would change the “rural” label given to 14 California counties. The difference means big money to doctors from Sacramento to San Diego. Rural physicians are paid as much as 10 percent less than “urban” doctors each year. California doctors practicing in those rural counties have lost out on more than $50 million in Medicare funding each year.