House Agrees to Two Month Doc Fix
Physicians get another two months to rest easy when it comes to the looming 27.4% cut to Medicare physician reimbursements next year. House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday that Republicans would agree to a two-month Medicare payment freeze along with an extension of the payroll tax and unemployment benefits. A nearly identical version of the bill passed the Senate earlier this week, which Boehner said Thursday would likely pass the House later next week. When Congress reconvenes after the New Year it will have just two months to work out another one-year fix to avoid cuts based on the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.