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Medicare Physician Payment Cuts – Ten More Days

On Monday March 1st, a 21% Medicare physician payment cut went into legal effect. However, the Obama administration directed Medicare billing companies to stop processing claims for 10 business days in order to provide lawmakers with extra time to create a solution. On March 2, 2010, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, addressed the American Medical Association (AMA) and assured members that she was committed to developing a permanent fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) that controls Medicare payments to physicians.

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