Baucus, Grassley reach agreement on doc fix

Updated: Deal would break out "doc fix" from extenders package


The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Finance Committee reached agreement Thursday evening on a six-month Medicare "doc fix" that could open the way for the provision to pass as early as today, Senate sources tells The Hill. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenate seeks deal on Trump nominees States sue to block last-minute Obama environmental rule GOP senators introducing ObamaCare replacement Monday MORE (R-Ky.) objected to the agreement on the floor Thursday night but sources say that's because members had not yet been informed; Sens. Max BaucusMax BaucusFive reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through Business groups express support for Branstad nomination The mysterious sealed opioid report fuels speculation MORE (D-Mont.) and Charles GrassleyChuck GrassleyJeff Sessions will protect life Justice, FBI to be investigated over Clinton probes Pence meets with Kaine, Manchin amid Capitol Hill visit MORE (R-Iowa) still hope to pass the provision by unanimous consent. 

The agreement is to offset the 2.2 percent pay bump for doctors with pension provisions included in the substitute amendment filed by Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneTrump’s Commerce pick backs public spending on transportation Trump's Commerce pick admits to unknowingly hiring undocumented worker Why Trump should abolish the White House faith office MORE (R-S.D.) and a hospital payment provision that was included in the version the House passed right before the Memorial Day recess.

A 21.3 percent rate cut for doctors was scheduled to go into effect June 1, and the agency that oversees Medicare has called for a 10-day withholding of payments that has also expired.