Congress to Freeze Medicare Payments at 2005 Levels

The House of Representatives reversed a month-long reduction in Medicare physician payments Wednesday night when it passed a budget reconciliation bill that will freeze payments at the 2005 levels. The bill, which is now awaiting the President’s signature, narrowly passed by a 216-214 vote and overturns the 4.4 percent reduction in payments that was dictated by the flawed sustainable growth rate formula.

Full article at the American College of Emergency Physicians

This is good news for us (physicians), but also for you (patients & consumers) because it will allow more physicians to continue accepting Medicare payments and keep their practices open to those patients. When physicians offices are not accepting patients, have packed schedules, or are too busy to see their existing patients, the ER becomes the safety net (on a good day), and on a bad day, people wait for hours and hours to be seen, many leaving out of frustrations. So thank your Representatives for this one.

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