The Obama administration says that proposed reimbursement cuts to Medicare and Medicaid providers shield beneficiaries from access-to-care difficulties, but some experts aren't so sure.
The Senate said "no" in a key test vote Wednesday to a jobs bill that contains nearly $25 billion in additional Medicaid assistance for states. But the chamber still could pass a scaled-down version of the bill later this week.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) on Tuesday submitted to Congress its June 2010 report, which focuses on using Medicare incentives to improve quality of care and make efficient use of resources.
There could be a five-year fix in the works for the Medicare physician pay schedule, one congressman recently suggested.
A 21.2% pay cut for Medicare physicians takes effect today after a Senate bill that would have prevented it failed to gain enough bipartisan support. The House had passed the bill the day before.