On November 16, the House of Representatives passed HR 674, averting a scheduled 3% tax-withhold for many Medicare payments. The legislation was previously passed by the Senate.

"The AMA applauds Congress for passing this important piece of legislation that removes the three percent withholding provision that would have burdened physicians who care for Medicare patients,” said Peter W. Carmel, MD, president, American Medical Association. “This is an important step forward, but more work still needs to be done on Medicare.”