WASHINGTON–Medicare Advantage payments to providers under the Senate health care reform bill would be based on enrollment-weighted competitive bidding instead of the current system, a law firm says.
But payment cuts to providers in the Senate bill would be far less than proposed under legislation passed by the House Nov. 7, according to the analysis by lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery.
The Senate bill is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the House bill is H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act.
The Senate Saturday gave the go-ahead for floor debate on its bill by a vote of 60-39.
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Under that bill, payments to providers would be reduced by $118 billion between 2010 and 2019, the traditional 10-year cost estimate period for federal budgets, according to the analysis by MWE.
By comparison, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the House bill would reduce Medicare Advantage plan payments by $170 billion in the same period.