6:03 pm, Jan. 5, 2011:
is the timeline we discussed.
- Dec. 2009: 21% Cut Delayed to March 1
- March 3: 21% Cut Delayed to April 1
- Cut goes into effect for two weeks, Medicare holds
physicians’ payments for those two weeks
- April 15: 21% Cut Delayed to June 1
- Cut goes into effect for more than three weeks, Medicare
holds physicians’ payments for more than two weeks
- June 24: 2% Increase, Retroactive to June 1, Effective
Until Nov. 30
- Nov. 29: Cut (now 23%) Delayed to Dec. 31.
- Dec. 9: Cut (now 25%) Delayed to Dec. 31, 2011
Improving the Health of All Texans
1:15 pm, Jan. 10, 2011:
The constant uncertainty over a much, much larger cut combined with
five weeks of held payments made it bad very bad. What we're talking
about here is physicians' perceptions, which can't be measured as
objectively as you're trying to do. Finally, we've had all those
intervening years of cuts hanging over their shoulders. That creates
a growing sense of miasma.