ONE-MONTH RE­PRIEVE? /

The Se­nate passed leg­is­la­tion to de­lay by one month a 23% Medi­care pay­ment cut to physi­cians set for Dec. 1.

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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.

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