Kaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey reports: "After years of legislative wrangling and last-minute patches, expectations are high among physician groups, lawmakers and Medicare beneficiaries that Congress could act this year to permanently replace the current Medicare physician payment formula. While committees in both chambers have approved their own 'doc fix' proposals, the approaches have yet to be reconciled, and none have identified how they would pay for a repeal" (Carey, 1/16). Read the story.
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