Good morning, ProviderNation.
The doc fix is on the clock. You’ll have heard by now that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have worked out an in-principle deal that would repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate. But, as AHCA/NCAL top gun Clif Porter tells us, time is running out.
No sooner had those words left Porter’s lips, then Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called a time out. He said he was worried that some language in the grand bargain would be an attack on abortion rights, which the Distinguished Gentleman referred to as a “non-starter.”
And that’s before the play had been properly diagrammed. One of our Hill reliables tells us that the bill also doesn’t settle that nasty question of who picks up the $170-billion some check. The legislation would try to “limit” the cost of repeal-and-replace by, among other things, cutting post-acute care providers’ Medicare “market basket” to 1 percent starting in 2018.
Then again, it’s the season for shot clocks, what?
Bill Myers is Provider’s senior editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter, @ProviderMyers.