What’s the news: The U.S. Congress has again failed to stop in its entirety a pay cut that will threaten Medicare patients’ access to high-quality physician care.

In a federal budget deal struck to continue operating the government, the House of Representatives has voted to reduce by about half—1.68%—of the 2024 3.37% across-the-board physician pay cut that took effect in January. The Senate is expected to vote for the deal Thursday, and the new pay rate starts March 9.

The cut comes on top of last year’s 2% Medicare physician pay reduction, and the new payment rate is not retroactive.

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