Reductions to Medicare’s hospital payment updates contained in a Republican-sponsored prescription-drug bill are weighing heavily on members of Congress, Rep. Michael Bilirakis (R-Fla.) said. Bilirakis, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee, said the “biggest problem” members of the House committee have with the bill is “invariably . . . all hospitals, hospitals, hospitals.” Bilirakis was speaking today at an American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine meeting in Washington. The update reductions, to take place through 2007, would save the government $18.6 billion over 10 years. The commerce committee was supposed to pass the bill this week, so it could be debated by the full House during the week of June 3, but “we’ve slipped that,” Bilirakis said. Instead, the bill should reach the House floor in “the first couple of weeks after we get back” from the Memorial Day recess, he said.
Hospital cuts 'biggest problem' in GOP drug bill
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