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Baucus said working on bill to stall doc pay cut
Modern Healthcare

The Senate Democratic health policy leader is writing legislation to delay an impending Medicare physician pay cut, according to health policy sources.

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, is writing the bill that would delay a 26.5% Medicare physician fee cut scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, according to Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). The senators referenced Baucus’ doc patch legislation in a letter they wrote on behalf of 29 of their colleagues this week urging him to include extensions of a range of smaller Medicare payments for hospitals, including the low-volume and the Medicare-dependent hospital programs.