Claims from physicians will still remain on  hold until June 18th according to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid while it is seen whether the Senate rescinds the decrease in Medicare reimbursements by 21.3%.

President Obama addressed the issue in his weekly talk when he said  “I’m absolutely willing to take the difficult steps necessary to lower the cost of Medicare and put our budget on a more fiscally sustainable path, but I’m not willing to do that by punishing hard-working physicians or the millions of Americans who count on Medicare.”

In what AMA President J. James Rohack, MD, called “a symbolic, visible reminder that action is desperately needed”, members of the American Medical Association started sent signed lab coats to Capitol Hill this week.

While we all wait and hold our breath, hopefully the delay will not create a detrimental effect in terms of lack of funds to cover expenses in the “medical trenches”.