Pressure increased on the Bush administration to alter the Medicare payment formula for physicians, as 89 senators signed a letter asking that Part B drugs be removed from the formula.
The letter, organized by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.), and sent to the White House, said removing Part B drugs would stabilize annual physician updates. CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, however, has said his agency may not have the regulatory authority to remove the drug component.
Separately, legislation to repeal the sustainable growth rate formula is expected to be introduced in the House on Thursday by Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.).