Blog | Friday, June 18, 2010

QD: News Every Day--Congressional action on doc fix is music to doctors' ears

Leadings members of the Senate Finance Committee came to an agreement last night on a six-month "doc fix," paving the way for physicians to be reimbursed a little more for seeing Medicare patients instead of a lot less. (This is now separate from the rest of the legislative package it had been part of. That is still under debate.) Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid warned that without passage, there'd be "havoc in America." But the American Medical Association continued its attack on anything less than a permanent solution. The AMA compared it to fiddling while Rome burns. What tune are members of Congress playing?

A) Stayin' Alive, by the Bee Gees
B) Doctor, Doctor! by the Thompson Twins
C) Time to Get Ill, by the Beastie Boys

(The Hill, Politico, American Medical Association)

UPDATE: Should the Senate pass the doc fix, it would return to the House for a vote. But, the House has not scheduled votes for today, and it's not likely to for Monday.