Volume 20 - Issue 2 - February 2012

In late December 2011, three days before Christmas, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law that prevented the scheduled 27% Medicare payment cut that had been slated to begin on January 1, 2012. As has been the case for the past several years, the decision to halt the cut came very close to the deadline, to the relief of many physicians. However, the extension has also raised significant questions about how to fix the way that physicians who treat Medicare patients are paid.