It might be tougher to delay for yet another year the planned cuts physicians face under Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Physicians face a 24.4% cut for Medicare payments in 2014 unless Congress acts to avert it.
Hear me out.
With the federal government funded till Jan. 15 and no natural bill to attach a one-year SGR patch to, what mechanism is left for Congress to take action?
Of course, Congress could act on a stand-alone bill -- so not all hope is lost for physicians. But the reality is that there is far too much work on an SGR repeal-and-replace bill to finish before the holidays -- despite great optimism that such a bill would see action this year.
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Source: MedPage Today