House Panel Votes 51-0 For Medicare Doctor Pay Overhaul

Law360, New York (July 31, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT) -- Overcoming stark partisan divisions on health care policy, a U.S. House of Representatives panel on Wednesday voted 51-0 to advance legislation that would scrap Medicare’s sustainable growth rate and introduce new physician payment models intended to emphasize cost control and better patient outcomes.

The unanimous action by the Energy and Commerce Committee suggests the full House is poised to take action on the Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act, which would ditch a rarely enforced formula tying doctor pay to inflation and instead base reimbursement...
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