Medicare Pay Fix Bill Includes Higher Costs For Some Seniors
The measure includes a number of other provisions beyond its two big ticket items -- the repeal of Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula to pay doctors and the extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program.
Higher Medicare Costs Planned For Some Seniors In 2018
Medicare recipients with income over $85,000 would begin paying higher Part B premiums in 2018 under legislation passed by the House Thursday to avert a cut in physician reimbursements. (Tumulty, 3/26)
Challenges Remain, Even After The 'Doc Fix' Gets Fixed
Another key provision would pay doctors more for high-quality care rather than the volume of care. Everybody loves that, says Harvard’s Dr. Ashish Jha. The trouble is it’s very hard to measure "quality." “We are going to focus on paying doctors for a lot of things. Some of which probably represent real quality and some of which clearly represent checking the box,” he says. (Gorenstein, 3/26)
SGR Bill Has Billions For Health Centers — And ACA Sign-Up
The bipartisan House bill to repeal the flawed Medicare physician payment formula includes an unlikely point of GOP agreement: billions of dollars to the community health centers that do some of the heaviest lifting in Obamacare enrollment. (Norman, 3/26)