Doctors are in line for a roughly 10% Medicare reimbursement cut in 2008 because of the same law that spared them a 5% cut this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. A provision in the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which was signed by President Bush on Dec. 20, held Medicare physician rates for 2007 at their 2006 level. But the provision also specified that payments would revert to their prior-law level in 2008, the CBO said. That means physicians will have to absorb two years of cuts -- estimated at a total of about 10% -- at once, unless Congress takes further action, the CBO said. Read the CBO analysis. -- by Matthew DoBias
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