Docs Willing to Accept Payment Cuts to Force Permanent SGR Repeal

Doctors who are opposed to the proposed temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula (which is set for a Senate vote this afternoon) have said that they would take the 24 percent cut in Medicare payments this year to force Congress to permanently repeal the formula.

The SGR, which determines how much the government pays physicians who treat Medicare patients, has been a concern to physicians since its implementation in the 1990s.

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