50 senators call for averting Medicare payment cuts

Fifty senators from both parties sent a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Charles Schumer D-N.Y., to prevent scheduled Medicare payment cuts for certain physicians. 

The letter, sent Dec. 4, discusses cuts that are a part of a Medicare regulation finalized Dec. 1. The cuts were included in the regulation to counterbalance payment increases included in budget neutrality rules.

The senators wrote that the payment cuts will impose a strain on healthcare providers and patients, noting that the negative effects will be "even more profound" during the pandemic.

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