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House Budget Committee Chair: Temporary 'Doc Fix' Likely in March

February 25, 2015


Physicians face about a 21% reduction in Medicare reimbursement rates unless Congress acts by April 1.

CBO: Projected Cost of Permanent SGR Fix Up to $174.5B

February 6, 2015


The report represents a $30.5 billion increase in the Congressional Budget Office's score of the bill since a November 2014 report.

Funding Still Top Hurdle for Permanent SGR Fix

January 22, 2015


While federal lawmakers expressed bipartisan support for passing a permanent sustainable growth rate formula replacement yesterday, disagreements over how to pay for the legislation remain.

AHCA Launches Campaign To Protect Skilled Nursing Facilities From 'Doc Fix' Cuts

January 13, 2015


American Health Care Association President Mark Parkinson says "another short-term patch shouldn't cut our providers and potentially harm the over 3.5 million residents and patients we serve every year." 

Permanent SGR Replacement 'Dead' for 2014; Offsets Still Major Issue for 2015

December 9, 2014


Physicians face about a 21% reduction in Medicare reimbursement rates unless Congress acts by April 1, 2015.

Wyden Urges Congress To Address SGR Soon, Cites Rising Costs

November 19, 2014


An updated Congressional Budget Office estimate finds that the cost of repealing the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula could grow by about $21 billion if Congress waits to pass legislation.

Some Republicans Considering SGR Fix Without Offset

November 18, 2014


Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) says a tax extender package could be used to pass a permanent fix to the SGR formula without needing an offset.

Next Congress Expected To Take Up SGR Fix, Other Health Policy Changes

November 7, 2014


Stakeholders also suggested that the next Congress could seek changes to the Affordable Care Act and additional flexibility for state Medicaid programs.

House Republican Doctors Caucus Urges GOP Leaders for Action on Permanent SGR Fix

November 5, 2014


Congress in March approved another short-term delay to scheduled reductions to Medicare physician reimbursement rates called for by the program's sustainable growth rate formula after failed attempts in the House and Senate to pass a permanent SGR replacement.

CMS Releases Slew of Medicare Rules

November 3, 2014


Among other rules, CMS created new payments for chronic care management programs, launched efforts to streamline payments for individuals' hospital care and expanded the agency's Physician Compare website.

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