Senate Passes 2-Month SGR, Medicare Fixes; House Action Uncertain

Legislation providing a two-month extension of the Medicare physician  payment fix and all other Medicare “extenders” passed the Senate  Saturday.  The House GOP baulked and passage is uncertain.  It is  supported by the President.  Click here http://t.congressweb.com/l/?EARDQPWIRGYNSLA to read a good summary on  the congressional battle.  There were NO payment cuts to hospitals or  other providers in the Senate bill, as had been passed by the House last  week.  An increase in the fees charged by government-sponsored  enterprises such as Fannie Mae to guarantee mortgage loans was used to  pay for the extension.  Click here http://t.congressweb.com/l/?EARDQPWIRGORTPQ for an excellent 3-page  summary of what was in the Senate bill.  According to the CBO, the  legislation cuts overall government spending by $3 billion.  Click herehttp://t.congressweb.com/l/?EARDQPWIRGPMACR for the CBO score.  The AMA blasted the deal, click here  http://t.congressweb.com/l/?EARDQPWIRGECGMF.

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