On Capitol Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took a moment to defend Dr. Don Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as the right man for the job. Dr. Berwick, a recess appointment, faces strong opposition in the Senate, which has yet to call confirmation hearnings for his position.
While the Medicare chief faces a steep obstacle, physicians now face a potentially deep cut in Medicare pay. Without congressional action, the Sustainable Growth Rate formula will cut payments by nearly 30% in 2012.
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— Frances Correa