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CMS allows doctors to drop Medicare participation agreement until Feb.

The reason is that Congress gave only a two-month reprieve from a planned fee cut of nearly 30 percent, no one knows what will happen at the final end of that period on March 1. Since physicians’ expenses run at least 50 percent of income, and often much more, doctor’s pretax income from attending Medicare beneficiaries could be cut by 60 percent or more. ‘nonparticipating’ physicians may bill patients up to 115 percent of the Medicare-authorized charge, although Medicare reimburses individuals of such physicians just 95 percent just as much as it would if they saw a participating doctor.You will see the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Record, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery of in-depth coverage of health policy developments, debates and discussions. The Kaiser Daily Wellness Policy Report is published for, a free services of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Copyright 2009 Advisory Board Kaiser and Company Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

Brain imaging shows distinctions in people at risk for Alzheimer’s Using brain imaging, experts at Columbia University INFIRMARY have discovered clear differences in human brain function between healthy individuals who bring a genetic risk element for Alzheimer’s disease and the ones who lack the aspect.