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House leaders’ ‘doc fix’ talks prompt optimism … but doubts too
Modern Healthcare

Negotiations between House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on a permanent “doc fix” are fueling cautious optimism even among some jaded veteran observers of past sustainable growth-rate formula skirmishes. “We’ve been taking them seriously for over a week now,” said one lobbyist tracking the issue, speaking on background.The Boehner-Pelosi negotiations are focusing on finding a permanent way to eliminate Medicare’s widely loathed SGR formula for paying doctors.