(Story updated at 5 p.m. ET)
Another temporary 12-month patch will be enacted for the “doc fix” prior to the scheduled March 31 expiration of the current patch, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated Wednesday. The House bill authorizing the latest patch also includes provisions to extend the deadline for ICD-10 implementation to at least October 2015 and a provision which would give hospitals until March 2015 to comply with a controversial new inpatient payment rule for hospitals known as the two midnight rule.
Whether the full House and Senate will go along with all the additional provisions added on to the doc fix remains an open question, but a vote on the House bill is likely Thursday with a Senate vote, assuming House approval, on Friday.
There will be no permanent doc fix prior to the deadline, because House and Senate leaders still haven't settled on how to pay for permanent repeal and replacement of Medicare's unpopular sustainable growth-rate formula for physician payment.