Attention Medicare Beneficiaries

Tomorrow, December 1, 2010, you can still see your doctor. The "lame duck" Congress has kicked the scheduled Medicare cuts into the next year. Rather than fixing Medicare, they simply put another bandage on it and leave the problem for someone else to address.

The House, in approving by voice vote the bill passed by the Senate earlier this month, postponed a 23 percent cut in doctors’ pay scheduled to take effect today. That gives lawmakers a month to develop a longer-term plan to overhaul a system that in recent years has bedeviled Congress, angered doctors, and complicated health care for some of the 46 million seniors and disabled in the program.

“This bill is a stopgap measure to make sure that seniors and military families can continue to see their doctors during December while we work on the solution for the next year,’’ said Representative Frank Pallone, Democrat of New Jersey and chairman of the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee.

Health care payment formulas for military service members and veterans are tied to Medicare.

So now instead of a 23% pay cut in December, 2010 (which was actually carried forward since January of this year) docs can look forward to a 29% cut in January, 2011.

Some docs are reacting by reducing the number of visits allowed for Medicare beneficiaries. Others tell patients the next opening in months down the road and many are simply refusing to accept new Medicare patients.

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