Members of the Senate Finance Committee expressed optimism for agreement this morning as they entered into a closed-door meeting to discuss some 16 bipartisan options for health reform.
I think were off to the races, said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
On Tuesday, the committee released a copy of a series of reform proposals, many of which would change how providers are compensated for delivering patient care. Under one option, hospitals and providers would move to a system of value-based purchasing starting in 2012. Under another, primary-care doctors and some surgeons would get bonus payments of 5% for five years.
The committees senior Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said he was hopeful that a deal could be reached, but added he was wary that congressional leaders would use a legislative maneuver called reconciliation that would limit the ability of the GOP to shape a bill. I have a great deal of optimism that were going to get a bipartisan agreement, he said.