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Capitol Health Call
February 5, 2003

Medicare Cuts Still Uncertain

JAMA. 2003;289(5):539. doi:10.1001/jama.289.5.539-a

As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) remains poised to cut physician payments by 4.4% on March 1, the new Congress opened its January session by taking up ongoing debate over measures to offset the cuts. Sen Charles Grassley (R, Iowa) persuaded his colleagues to tuck an extra $1.6 billion for physicians into an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2003, which began last September. The Department of Health and Human Services, home of CMS, has been operating on a series of continuing resolutions as its spending bills and those of other federal agencies remain gridlocked.

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