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Local doctors cheer end of fight over Medicare fee cuts
Sacramento Business Journal

It looks like annual fights over automatic Medicare cuts to doctor fees are finally over.

Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved legislation to reform the Medicare payment system and repeal the so-called “sustainable growth rate.” President Barack Obama said Wednesday he plans to sign the bill.

“This is good news for physicians and patients,” said Aileen Wetzel, executive director of the Sacramento Sierra Valley Medical Society. The change is good for doctors because it removes a regular threat of pay cuts, and it’s good for patients because it ensures access to doctors, some of whom have threatened to cap their Medicare business if the system wasn’t fixed, she said.