2 doctors' groups oppose independent panel for Medicare payments

07/28/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

The American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons opposed a proposal to form an independent advisory commission that would determine appropriate Medicare rates for doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. The AMA argued that creating an advisory council is not the answer to rising health care costs and added that Congress already has a provision that aims to curb Medicare payments to physicians.

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