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Another 'Doc Fix' Increasingly Likely as Medicare Payment Cut Looms

March 24, 2014


As Congress is unlikely to pass a permanent plan to repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate formula for physicians' Medicare reimbursement before April 1, lawmakers have begun considering a short-term patch.

CBO: Senate SGR Repeal Bill To Cost $180B Over 10 Years

March 21, 2014


The Senate Democratic bill, introduced last week, is another attempt to repeal and replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula before a scheduled 24% cut to physician payments on April 1.

House Passes SGR Repeal Bill With Individual Mandate Delay

March 17, 2014


The measure likely will stall in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

House Advances SGR Repeal Bill With Individual Mandate Delay; Physicians Rescind Support

March 14, 2014


The measure would repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate by delaying enforcement of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate for five years, a move that the American Medical Association opposes.

White House Threatens To Veto SGR Bill, Citing Plan To Delay Individual Mandate

March 13, 2014


The administration objects to a proposed amendment that would help offset the bill's $138 billion cost by delaying the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalties for five years.

Studies: Physician Practices Lack Coordinated-Care Staffing Requirements; Little Research on Pay-for-Performance Organizations

March 13, 2014


The two studies suggest that physicians practices overall are ill-prepared to incorporate health care reforms.

Docs Oppose GOP Efforts To Link SGR Repeal, Individual Mandate Delay

March 10, 2014


Physician groups urge bipartisan negotiations instead and reinforce their support of the permanent doc fix bill introduced last month, which lawmakers are still struggling to find a way to fund.

House GOP To Link SGR Repeal With Individual Mandate Delay

March 7, 2014


The vote could be difficult for Democrats, who would have to choose between supporting a popular SGR repeal and opposing a delay to the ACA.

CBO: Bipartisan, Bicameral SGR Repeal Bill Would Cost $138B Over 10 Years

February 28, 2014


Observers note that lawmakers still are looking at ways to fund the legislation.

Funding for SGR Repeal, Replace Proposal Raises Red Flags for Some

February 19, 2014


Lawmakers could face pushback from several sources over how to fund a proposal to eliminate Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula.
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