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Medicare faces federal funding cuts

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ONALASKA, WI (WXOW)—Medicare reimbursements to health care providers are one of the many programs facing cuts as a result of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester.

Payments to providers will shrink two percent beginning April 1.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services said Medicare doctors, hospitals and providers will lose $11 billion in revenue.

But actual Medicare benefits are protected from the sequester.

Gundersen Lutheran said they've been planning for the sequestration but they're waiting to hear from the government on how they're going to implement it.

"So at this point it's a wait and see approach," Michael Richards, Executive Director of External Affairs said. "Again, we've understood sequestration is going to come and we've started to make some plans to help our patients."

Mayo Clinic Health System released this statement:

"As one of the largest Medicare providers in the country, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System is very concerned about the impact of sequestration and further cuts in Medicare payments. Sequestration's across the board, indiscriminate cuts are not in the best interests of Medicare patients and quality health care delivery. We maintain our offer to the Congress and the President to share the benefit of our work in the emerging science of health care delivery which will help promote data informed decisions regarding efficiency and quality of care. The use of analytics and data is a superior way to improve quality of care and move to a value based health care delivery system."

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