Bipartisan Medicare Doc Pay Overhaul Emerges In Congress

Law360, New York (October 31, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT) -- In a highly anticipated move, lawmakers from both houses of Congress on Thursday unveiled a bipartisan plan for scrapping Medicare’s deeply unpopular physician payment formula and replacing the so-called sustainable growth rate with a reimbursement system tied to treatment quality.

The draft proposal calls for freezing doctor pay over the next decade but also would eliminate various penalties related to reporting of quality measures and meaningful use of electronic health records, effectively increasing the pool of money available for reimbursement by $10 billion over a slightly...
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