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Doc-pay legislation clears Senate
Modern Healthcare

The Senate late Thursday passed legislation to delay by one month a 23% Medicare payment cut to physicians that is scheduled for Dec. 1.

Earlier, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced they had introduced the legislation and would also work together for a more permanent fix, while House Representatives John Dingell (D-Mich.), Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) introduced their own bill that would extend current Medicare payment rates to physicians for 13 months and provide a 1% update for both this year and next.