Bush’s 2004 proposed budget includes revised medicare fee schedule – Newsletter

Bush’s 2004 proposed budget includes revised medicare fee schedule – Newsletter – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

President Bush has proposed a $2.23 trillion budget for fiscal year 2004 that includes a Medicare fee schedule that uses actual data rather than estimates in current and previous updates that should result in higher updates for the next several years. However, the budget includes only $11 million for all Title VII Health Professions programs and does not include any funding for general training programs, including primary care, interdisciplinary community projects, and training for diversity and public health. The fiscal year 2004 budget increases funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Community Health Centers by $169 million to $1.6 billion with the goal of adding 1,200 new centers and increasing service to 6 million more people by 2006. The National Health Service Corps also receives a funding increase of $24 million, up to $213 million. Funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was decreased from $299 million to $279 million. The National Institutes of Health received a 2 percent increase over the fiscal year 2003 budget for a total of $27.9 billion. The NIH will make biodefense research its main priority while continuing to work on other priority issues such as cancer, human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. To read statements on the proposed budget by James Martin, M.D., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), go to www.aafp.org/x6321.xml.

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