“Congress patched

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to­gether yet an­other tem­po­rary fix for a flawed for­mula used to cal­cu­late the fees paid to doc­tors by Medi­care. … Congress now needs to de­vise a real fix that would be fair to doc­tors and make a se­ri­ous ef­fort to slow the rise of Medi­care spend­ing. In the near term, some doc­tors—highly paid spe­cial­ists—should be re­quired to ac­cept some re­duc­tion in fees. ...Congress should also use this mo­ment to wean doc­tors away from fee-for-ser­vice billing, a root cause of es­ca­lat­ing costs, into bet­ter and cheaper forms of care.”

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