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Medicare Doc pay bill passed in House blocks injured from suing physicians

Why did Senate leave town without finishing work on bill? Rubio says no cuts to Advantage

night photo of U.S. capitolMarch 31, 2015 - The New York Times details some of the specifics of these protections for physicians inserted in House bill. Meanwhile, The Hill reports on why the Senate left town without finishing work on the Medicare physician payment overhaul - thereby leaving doctor payments in limbo. Marco Rubio wants to block any cuts to Medicare Advantage.

The New York Times: House Provision Offers Doctors More Protection Against Malpractice Suits

A little-noticed provision of a bill passed by the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support would provide doctors new protections against medical malpractice lawsuits. The bill, which requires the government to measure the quality of care that doctors provide and rate their performance on a scale of zero to 100, protects doctors by stipulating that the quality-of-care standards used in federal health programs — Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act — cannot be used in malpractice cases. (Pear, 3/30)

The Hill: Blown 'Doc Fix' Deadline Leaves Medicare Payments In Limbo

Congress was one vote away from ending its perennial Medicare “doc fix” dilemma for good, after nearly two decades of last-minute deals to prevent a healthcare meltdown. But instead of capping a rare week of productivity on Capitol Hill with the approval of a bipartisan fix ahead of a crucial Tuesday deadline, the Senate punted on the legislation in the wee hours of Friday morning. (Ferris, 3/31)

In other Capitol Hill news, McClatchy breaks down some of the amendments -- including a proposal related to Medicare Advantage --  Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offered during the Senate's consideration of its budget resolution -

McClatchy: For Marco Rubio, Senate Vote-A-Rama Offers Insight Into Presidential Intent

Among domestic issues, Rubio amendments would prevent cuts to the Medicare Advantage program; allow for the elimination of the retirement earnings test in the Social Security program; and allow for the elimination of Social Security payroll taxes for individuals who have attained retirement age. (Adams, 3/30)

This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

Some of this information is reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives and sign up for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

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