After failing to come to an agreement on how to pay for a permanent repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), the House - by voice vote - passed another temporary "doc fix." The move on Thursday is aimed at preventing a 24 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements to physicians.
The Senate is expected to take up, and pass, a one-year "doc fix" today.
The temporary measure is a disappointment for physicians who have been pushing for a permanent repeal of the SGR. A bipartisan, bicameral deal was reached earlier on how to permanently repeal and replace SGR, but the Republicans and Democrats could not come to an agreement on how to pay for such a move.