Under the plan, cost centers such as prescription drugs and lab services not paid under the Medicare fee schedule would be excluded and primary-care doctors would see higher payment, according to a description of the proposal.
Under the current formula, physicians face a 21% payment reductionand about 5% for the next four yearsstarting in January 2010. The current formula includes many services not paid directly to doctors and other practitioners but is limited when it comes to paying additional dollars when physicians focus on preventive services.
Three committees in the House are drafting legislation that would overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, including Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce and Education and Labor. The provisions are expected to cost less than $300 billion over a 10-year window.
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