ONE-MONTH REPRIEVE? /
The Senate passed legislation to delay by one month a 23% Medicare payment cut to physicians set for Dec. 1.
The Senate passed legislation to delay by one month a 23% Medicare payment cut to physicians that is scheduled for Dec. 1. The legislation must still be passed by the House and then signed into law by the president. “It is my intention to schedule this bill for consideration when the House reconvenes on Nov. 29, so we can send it to the president’s desk prior to the Nov. 30 expiration date of current SGR relief,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in a statement. Earlier, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced they had introduced the legislation and would also work together for a more permanent fix, while House Representatives John Dingell (D-Mich.), Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) introduced their own bill that would extend current Medicare payment rates to physicians for 13 months and provide a 1% update for both this year and next.