March 26 (Bloomberg) — The House will vote as soon as tomorrow to avoid an estimated 24 percent cut in physician payment rates under Medicare scheduled to take effect after March 31, and to delay any future cuts to doctors for a year.

The 121-page bill was posted late yesterday — three minutes before midnight — allowing the Republican-led House to vote on the measure as soon as tomorrow without technically violating its three-day rule for reviewing legislation.

The "doc fix," as it's referred to by lawmakers, is considered a must-pass bill because lawmakers don't want to risk that physicians would refuse to treat Medicare patients because their billable rates would be too low.

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