Could legislation easily passed in the U.S. House that would replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate payment formula for physicians—and implement significant new policies for health information technology—be in trouble in the Senate?

Representatives of two national associations have hopeful but differing views. Steven Stack, M.D., president-elect of the American Medical Association, believes the table is set for passage in the Senate. Jeff Smith, vice president of public policy at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, isn’t so sure.

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