The U.S. Senate on March 31 is expected to vote on and pass the House version (H.R. 4302) of legislation to put another annual patch on the Medicare SGR payment formula for physicians, delay the ICD-10 compliance date to October 2015 and further delay enforcement of the Medicare two-midnight payment policy until March 2015.

That’s the word from Ken Willis, a spokesperson for the Senate Finance Committee. The Senate for Monday has scheduled three hours of debate on the House bill--without the offering of amendments--and a vote around 5:00-5:30 p.m. EST.  Senate passage will require 60 votes.

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