'Doc Fix' Deal Slashes Bad Debt Payments, Prevention Fund

Law360, New York (February 16, 2012, 7:51 PM EST) -- The final payroll tax cut deal, reached Thursday, freezes Medicare physician pay rates through the end of the year and includes a slew of other health care provisions, largely paid for by reductions in Medicare bad debt reimbursements to hospitals and cuts to a preventive health fund.

The deal includes about $21 billion in health care spending,  according to summaries released Thursday by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and Democrats in the U.S. Senate. Much of the spending comes from preventing a physician pay...
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