This content is definitely republished with kind permission from our close friends at The Kaiser Family Foundation. You will see the complete Kaiser Daily Health Plan Statement, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery of in-depth coverage of health policy developments, discussions and debates. The Daily Health Policy Report is published for Kaisernetwork.org, a free of charge provider of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Copyright 2009 Advisory Board Firm and Kaiser Family Base. All rights reserved.. AMA calls for repair to Medicare’s doctor payments Modern Health care: ‘With a sizable trim to Medicare physician payments taking effect in only one week, the American Medical Association is definitely seeking clarity from Congress in its plan of action to stop the 21.2 percent reduction.To be noticeable on an X-ray film, however, significant cartilage degradation will need to have occurred. By the time radiographs reveal destruction, the damage to the joint is usually irreversible. Due to this method’s relatively insensitive nature, it also takes at least a couple of years to detect progression of damage that is captured on radiographs. Recently, experts in the Netherlands recognized a novel marker linked to both prevalence and the progression of OA, at the knee and the hip especially. They share their breakthrough findings in the August 2004 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.