In a speech to the Association of American Medical Colleges, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pushed for an extension to the so-called doc fix to stop an expected 23% cut to Medicare payments for physicians.
“On Thursday, I attended a Cabinet meeting where the president stressed that preventing these potentially disastrous cuts must be one of our top priorities,” Sebelius said, according to written remarks of her speech. “The American Medical Association has proposed a 13-month extension. And I hope that Congress will act quickly to pass it, so that our doctors and seniors can have some peace of mind while we work on a long-term fix.”
The AMA urged Congress to stall the cut to the nation's physicians after the CMS released a rule that addressed the issue last week.