A bi-partisan group in Congress is working on a budget deal to avoid another government shutdown in January. The Budget Committee leaders are actually making progress reports Blair Childs from Premier's Government Relations, who is close to the situation. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Patty Murray (D-WA) are the co-leaders and are reportedly a few billion dollars away from a two-year deal.
Since health care is such a large part of the budget, they need a message from us to include: fix the SGR (the flawed physician payment formula) without impacting hospitals (cuts to hospitals to pay for the SGR); recognize what we have done as hospitals to slow the growth in health care spending and don't sunset the expiring Medicare extenders, which include the technical component for physician pathology services, rural add-on ambulance provision, therapy caps for Medicare and the outpatient hold harmless provision.
Hopefully, the holiday spirit will carry forth in Congress and they can reach some kind of an agreement. Stay tuned.