Senate Committee Kills Health Kickbacks Bill

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Denver (AP) A legislative committee has killed a bill aimed at barring health insurers from paying doctors to switch patients' drugs.

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee were concerned the bill would also block companies from rewarding doctors for improving patient care.

The bill, based on a California law, would have banned health insurers, drug manufacturers and medical equipment makers from offering incentives for denying, reducing or delaying care.

Opponents said the measure could have stopped insurers from paying doctors for doing things like reducing the number of diabetes patients needing amputations by keeping close watch on patients through routine exams.