This handout photo provided by the Henry Ford Health System, taken in Sept. 2012, shows Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting. Hospitals, doctors and other Medicare providers

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This handout photo provided by the Henry Ford Health System, taken in Sept. 2012, shows Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting. Hospitals, doctors and other Medicare providers are on the hook for a 2 percent cut under looming government spending reductions. The Henry Ford Health System in Detroit started planning last year for a $20-million hit from the sequester. Schlichting says they were able to minimize layoffs by leaving vacant positions unfilled and streamlining operations to reduce costs. The system, a network of hospitals and clinics that employs 24,000 people, also runs a health insurance plan. (AP Photo/Henry Ford Health System) less 

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Wed, Feb 27, 2013 10:57 PM EST