There was a remarkable sight in Washington, D.C., last week, beyond the cherry blossoms: Republicans and Democrats cooperatively solving the “doc fix” problem that has been dogging Congress and medical providers for two decades. Because President Obama signed the Medicare reform Thursday, after it passed the Senate 92-8 Tuesday and the House 392-37 last month, physicians no longer will live under the threat of the unrealistic “automatic” reimbursement cuts that have had to be averted by lawmakers 17 times. To their credit, Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran were not among the eight Senate Republicans in opposition. Of the four Kansans in the House, only Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson, voted “no.” As Moran said in a statement: “The reality is patient care suffers when providers are forced to endure an exasperating wait-and-see game every few months to find out what amount they will be reimbursed for the care they provide. It is good that Congress has finally come together (to) permanently address this issue.” – Rhonda Holman
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