ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would make some permanent changes for doctors compensated under the Medicare program.
General Counsel for Phoebe Putney Tommy Chambless says over the years several temporary changes have been made to the formula under the medicare law, to provide compensation for doctors.
He says without this last permanent change, which passed the house, compensation for doctors would drop 21 percent.
"It does make a permanent fix, a permanent adjustment in this compensation rate, that makes it possible for the Medicare program to continue to provide care for the elderly and others who are covered under that program," says Tommy Chambless, Senior Vice President of General Counsel for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
He says he's hopeful the bill will pass the senate which just took a recess for two weeks.
They're expected to address the bill when they return from break.