Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Medicare cuts expected in Obama budget, but not big structural changes By Jessica Zigmond published in ModernHealthcare.com.

Meanwhile, one area to watch closely in the budget is Medicaid, although sources  have said they expect  the administration to spare the program. For example, the administration  could crack down on fraud and abuse in the program; apply competitive bidding to  durable medical equipment similar to what exists in Medicare; or phase down  Medicaid provider taxes that are paid to states to help them operate their  Medicaid programs.