Before Congress’ summer break, The House and Energy Committee voted 51-0 on a bill which will improve the way Medicare pays doctors. One of the bill’s initiatives is to replace sustainable growth rate (SGR) with a system that will pay doctors based on how healthy they keep their patients.
SGR threatens physician pay and has caused frustration among providers and patients. Attempting to get rid of these cuts or “doc fixes” has become an unsuccessful annual event.
Fixing the problem this year seems more feasible because healthcare costs, including Medicare, are growing more slowly than before. However, Medicare is being worked on by three separate committees, two in the House and one in the Senate and the chances of all three agreeing seems doubtful.
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