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AARP presses Congress to replace SGR, block doc pay cut
Modern Healthcare

AARP, the advocacy group for older Americans, has added its voice to the chorus of organizations calling on Congress to replace the sustainable growth-rate formula for Medicare physician payment and to block the scheduled 27.5% pay cut that the SGR calls for on Jan. 1.

In a letter sent to Congressional leaders, AARP called on Congress “to pass the longest possible SGR fix this year” and to develop a long-term alternative. To help pay for this solution, it’s recommended in the letter that money from the Overseas Contingency Operations fund—“which the Pentagon says will never be spent”—be redirected to cover costs.