Senator Baucus Unsure Permanent SGR Fix Is Within Reach

Although Democrats have pushed to permanently replace the Medicare physician payment formula as part of extending a package of expiring tax cuts, a senior Democrat indicated Tuesday that a permanent fix was unlikely.

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the senior Democrat on the panel negotiating the tax package, downplayed the likelihood of permanently replacing the Medicare sustainable growth-rate formula when asked about it after the group's fourth meeting.

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Source: Modern Healthcare

“That would be my preference but this is the art of the possible,” he told reporters when asked about a permanent SGR replacement.