August 2006

ARMED FORCES NEWS
SENATORS: INCREASE MEDICARE RATES FOR PROVIDERS
August 4
, 2006


In a letter to Senate Majority leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., 80 Senators called for an increase in Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors in 2007. Without the legislation, rates for providers will decrease some 5 percent Jan. 1, 2007. An AMA survey of providers in early 2006 indicated that if payment cuts begin in 2007, 45 percent of physicians plan to either stop accepting or decrease the number of new Medicare patients and 43 percent will either stop accepting or decrease the number of new Tricare patients.

 

ARMED FORCES NEWS
DOCTORS FACE 5.1 PERCENT MEDICARE CUT
August 18, 2006


Doctors will incur a 5.1 percent cut in their reimbursement rates for Medicare patients next year, according to proposed federal rules announced August 8. The proposed cut in payments to doctors was expected, although the American Medical Association has aggressively lobbied Congress to step in. An AMA survey of providers in early 2006 indicated that if the payment cuts kick in, 45 percent of physicians plan to either stop accepting or decrease the number of new Medicare patients and 43 percent will either stop accepting or decrease the number of new Tricare patients. Doctors have 60 days to submit their comments on the proposed rule changes.
 

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