House Panel OKs 'Doc Fix' As Clock Ticks On SGR Repeal

Law360, New York (December 11, 2013, 8:05 PM EST) -- A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Wednesday backed a three-month “doc fix” to avert a sharp cut to physician payments, an acknowledgement that time is running out to permanently repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate before year’s end.

The bipartisan move by the House Rules Committee, which emerged as part of a developing deal on the federal budget, prevents reimbursements from being slashed in a few weeks by almost 24 percent and instead provides for a 0.5 percent boost in payments through March.

Several similar proposals...
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