Congress Working To Avoid Looming Medicare Pay Cut
Congress has only a few weeks before an end-of-the-year deadline to prevent a scheduled cut of nearly 30% to Medicare physician payment rates. The current short-term "doc fix" bill is scheduled to expire on Jan. 1, 2012. Several lawmakers convened a meeting last week to discuss the issue, but they did not come to a deal.
- "Deadline for 'Doc Fix' Closing In" (Baker, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 12/5).