Docs see smaller checks as Congress weighs options on Medicare cut

January 30, 2024


If anyone were to ask members of Congress if doctors should be contending with Medicare pay cuts after a pandemic and a period of extraordinary inflation, and amid a chronic physician shortage, nearly all would say no.

Yet, that is what happened on Jan. 1, and even powerful lawmakers who would like to ease or reverse that cut can’t promise it will happen, even after recent actions to forestall hospital cuts and to extend expiring healthcare programs such as federally qualified health centers.

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