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 McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report March is the biggest month for GOP in a decade This week: Trump makes first address to Congress 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 GrassleyGOP senator grilled over DeVos vote during town hall Big Pharma must address high drug prices ­ObamaCare fix hinges on Medicaid clash in Senate 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 ThuneYahoo reveals new details about security Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit Low-income consumer broadband credits mean competitiveness, choice and compassion 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.