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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