tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2005 Issue 40

PHYSICIANS: Battle For Pay Cut Relief Heats Up On The Hill

Conn. Congresswoman still fighting for increase.Physicians may still receive a respite from the 4.3 percent cut that's slated to befall practices in January, if one influential member of Congress has her way.Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT), chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, signaled her determination to push ahead with H.R. 3617, her bill to save physicians from pay cuts. H.R. 3617 would guarantee practices a 1.5 percent pay increase in 2006 and 2007, and then pay increases based on an index of health care costs.Physicians would only receive the full...

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