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Neurosurgery Blog Features Article on Medicare Payment Cuts

On Jan. 12, the Neurosurgery Blog cross-posted a recent op-ed in the Washington Times by Reps. Greg Murphy, MD, (R-N.C.), Brad Wenstrup, DPM, (R-Ohio) and Michael Burgess, MD, (R-Texas). Titled “Medicare cuts ensure disaster to doctor-patient relationship,” the op-ed states that the nearly 3.4% CMS payment cuts to physicians for services rendered to Medicare patients that went into effect on Jan. 1 will cripple independent physicians and rural health care providers across the country. In anticipation of this rule, physician members of Congress introduced legislation seeking to reform the physician fee schedule, prevent extreme fluctuations in future reimbursement and update how costs are determined.