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
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.
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)
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 -
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.
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