The U.S. Senate has adopted an amendment to repeal an IRS Form 1099 reporting provision mandated under the health care reform law.

The amendment, from Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), was attached to S. 223, a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration.

The reform provision requires businesses, including physician offices, to file a 1099 form if the amount of payments made to another business for goods or services is $600 or more in a year. The American Medical Association supported Senate approval of the Stabenow amendment.

The provision, according to AMA in a statement, was unnecessary and burdensome. "It is estimated that paperwork already takes up as much as a third of a physician's workday--time that could be better spent with patients--and this provision would only increase that burden," says AMA President Cecil Wilson, M.D.

The bill remains under debate on the Senate floor.

--Joseph Goedert


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