Fee cut to doctors who treat Medicare Patients --- approved for now but could be reversed! - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fee cut to doctors who treat Medicare Patients --- approved for now but could be reversed!

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Members of Congress heading home for the July Fourth recess can expect to hear from seniors curious about why Congress allowed a 10 percent cut in fees for doctors who treat Medicare patients.

Physicians are running ads hinting patients may find doctors less willing to treat them.

Beginning tomorrow, payments will be cut for some 600,000 doctors who treat Medicare patients. That's because a formula requires fee cuts when spending exceeds established goals.

Almost every year, Congress blocks the cut. Lawmakers unwilling to face millions of angry seniors at the polls in November are expected to act quickly to reverse the cut when they return to Washington next week.

They're also expected to provide retroactive payments to doctors for losses incurred after July 1st. Doctors have complained for years that Medicare payments have failed to cover rising costs.

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