Providers avoid Medicare payment cut, bonus incentive has critics

12/12/2006 | NYTimes.com

Instead of approving a 5% Medicare pay cut, Congress is offering providers a pay-for-performance incentive, requiring them to report how often they provide quality care. The measure, approved early Saturday morning before Congress adjourned, already has raised concerns among doctors and lawmakers alike, who fear the practice could lead to "cookbook medicine."

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