Federal lawmakers assigned to reach compromise on legislation to address the again-looming Medicare payment cut to physicians are scheduled to meet for the first time on Tuesday.
Lawmakers set to begin wrestling again with doc-pay issue
Late last month, President Barack Obama signed a temporary payroll tax cut bill that averted a 27.4% cut in Medicare physician reimbursement and froze payments until Feb. 29. He did so after weeks of wrangling on Capitol Hill about issues such as the length of the payroll tax holiday and the so-called “doc fix” for physician payments. The House had passed a bill that would have increased payments to physicians by 1% in 2012 and 2013, while the Senate-amended version of that bill—which eventually became law—called for a payment freeze through late February.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) announced that the conference committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.
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