Julie Scott Allen, Senior Vice President in the District Policy Group, was quoted in two recent Modern Healthcare articles regarding the Boehner-Pelosi negotiations to eliminate Medicare's SGR formula for paying doctors.

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. The Boehner-Pelosi negotiations are focusing on finding a permanent way to eliminate Medicare's widely loathed SGR formula for paying doctors.

However, the Senate remains on the sidelines in these talks. The issue of funding a permanent fix, to the tune of $175 billion, has many saying to just expect another temporary patch, likely lasting somewhere between two and nine months, before the March 31 deadline.

“I don't see any other way they get to the price tag for full repeal,” said Julie.

“I think there will be policy riders in order to get some folks to sign on. This is the one big thing to move so folks are gunning for it,” said Julie.

To view the article, “House leaders' 'doc fix' talks prompt optimism ... but doubts too,” click here.

To view the article, “Hurdles surface, but optimism remains for permanent 'doc fix',” click here.