SGR deal reached, but funding obstacles ahead
Now that Congress has come to terms on a deal to repeal the much-loathed sustainable growth rate payment formula for physicians participating in the Medicare program, it must now figure out how to pay for it. The SGR, introduced in the late 1990s, was actually applied only once about a decade ago, with Congress instead relying on annual "fixes" that essentially kept Medicare payments on an even keel. But doctors face an anticipated cut of 24 percent if the government put all the deferred payments into effect, creating even more momentum in Congress to repeal it.
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