Medicare Providers Want Permanent “Doc Fix”

Advocates for Texas doctors are renewing their calls for reform of a federal Medicare formula that leaves providers threatened with steep cuts to their payments year after year. This week, Congress was again unable to reach an agreement on how to finance a permanent fix for the federal insurer of the elderly, enacting another temporary patch.

Members of the state's congressional delegation said that despite Monday's "doc fix" bill, they remain hopeful they will reach a bipartisan agreement to repeal the “sustainable growth rate” formula used to set Medicare payments to physicians, with which health care providers ...

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