Despite opposition from doctors' groups, on a voice vote Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a one-year patch for Medicare's unpopular sustainable growth-rate formula
for physician payments and, in the same bill, extended the implementation deadline for ICD-10
diagnostic and procedural codes for at least a year.
The American Medical Association
and its allies had come out strongly against the deal, which was brokered by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) earlier this week.