Will there be a Medicare physician payment fix?

By Lindsay Law and Mary Ann Porucznik

Baucus proposal would delay cuts for 18 months

On April 3, 2008, the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., announced his intention to send a fix for the flawed Medicare physician payment formula directly to the Senate floor, bypassing committee markup. The proposed legislation applies an 18-month patch to the impending 10.6 percent cut, scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2008.

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