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Connecticut Doctors Struggle With Medicare Payment Levels, Consider Options

WTNH.com/News8 reports that Connecticut doctors are sometimes limiting the number of Medicare patients they see or scaling back their practices in order to cope with low Medicare reimbursements and a surging patient base. Surgeon Dr. David S. Katz, president-elect of the Connecticut State Medical Society says "physicians are frustrated and some are taking drastic steps. 'I have seen practices drop Medicare and I have seen practices also continue to see Medicare patients but limit the new patient availability of Medicare patients.'" Add baby boomers as a surging patient base, and the problem could get worse. In the fall, doctors again will face a cut in reimbursement if Congress doesn't act to stop it (Maminta, 7/22). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.