"Enough is enough," said Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.).
The Murray-Ryan deal would extend scheduled reductions to Medicare providers for two additional years.
Kevin Bogardus 12/11/13 07:55 PM EST
Hospitals forced to swallow more Medicare cuts as lawmakers rush to OK budget deal.
The House measure would provide doctors with a 0.5 percent payment update through March.
A temporary fix would set the stage for permanent reform next year.
Congressional budget analysts revised downward the cost of a bill permanently reforming Medicare's flawed physician payment system.
The House could consider legislation related to Medicare's flawed physician payment formula next week, although it is unclear whether the chamber will weigh a permanent or a short-term "doc fix." House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced that the chamber could hold a vote pertaining to Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) in the final work week before the holiday recess.
Physicians who accept Medicare payments are facing a pay cut of about 25 percent on Dec. 31, when the current fix is set to expire, putting pressure on Congress to act before next year. There are signs that lawmakers could move forward on a permanent fix this month, though final passage appears unlikely as lawmakers rush to finish other work. Elise Viebeck at The Hill reports.
The chamber must address a looming pay cut to Medicare physicians by Dec. 31.
Medical trade groups want the Obama administration to delay a change to the way it hands out Medicare dollars.
Two major hospital and physician organizations wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday asking it to push back the implementation of a rule designed to clarify when Medicare pays for inpatient versus outpatient visits.
The lobby warned the budget conference committee not to cut Social Security and Medicare.