House Passes Last Minute 'Doc Fix' Bill

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Medicare patch is a bramble of thorny political issues. (Shutterstock)

Through a controversial and surprise voice vote, the House of Representatives passed legislation yesterday that temporarily patches up Medicare physician payments. The bill now goes to the Senate, which has until Monday to act before doctors face a 24 percent cut in Medicare payments.

The so-called “Doc Fix” will cost about $20 billion, and it looks like it's just the latest band-aid Congress has applied to the complex formula that is used to determine Medicare reimbursement rates.

The Medicare patch is a bramble of thorny political issues. To help break this all down is Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent.

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

TJ Crow from Virginia

<strong> House of Cards is Scaring Me Bad </strong>

There it is again. And again it scares the hell out of me. (Please see my previous comment on Mon Mar 10's "Life Imitating Art?".) Gerry Connolly congressman from Virginia quotes House of Cards as a way to laugh off congressional dysfunction. John H in response says, "Every other word out these lawmakers is House of Cards".

I'm telling you, this final marriage of politics and entertainment will usher in a new even more corrupt bunch up on the hill. --- Why? Because now the actual congress is just entertainment. Why press them on the issues when it's more fun to knowingly laugh at the corruption? --- Why? Because nowadays, if you can't make it onto the cast of House of Cards, the next best option is to get elected.

Mar. 30 2014 09:16 AM
Janet from Staten Island, NY

What the media is not covering in this story is the waste of money due to a something that was added into this bill at the last minute. Delaying the implementation of ICD10 was written into this bill. ICD10 was already delayed once. It is supposed to be implemented in October of this year (pushed back from October 2013).

Many health care organizations (especially hospitals) have spent a tremendous amount of money preparing for this through training of staff, updating computer systems. All of this will be yet more wasted money. The rest of the world is using ICD10 except for the US. Many countries will be moving onto ICD11. ICD9 is currently in use and is outdated for both data collection and reimbursement purposes. It is crucial to get accurate information in order for quality healthcare.

Please visit this website to see the reason why ICD10 is crucial and should be implemented ASAP http://coalitionforicd10.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/letter-from-the-coalition-for-icd-10/

Mar. 28 2014 10:01 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Budgeting gimmick from a Congress that does not exist, gets the slight of hand from a Congress that is invisible.

Mar. 28 2014 02:38 PM

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