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Failure to replace SGR vexes doc groups
Modern Physician

After the passage of another legislative “patch” postponing another scheduled decrease in Medicare pay for doctors, physician associations breathed a short sigh of relief and then called on Congress to repeal and replace the sustainable growth-rate Medicare reimbursement formula.

The American Medical Association and other groups have been practicing this exercise now for 10 years. This time, the threatened pay cut was measured at 26.5% and the cost of the patch, or “doc fix,” was estimated at $25.2 billion.

The cost to fill the budget hole covered up with 10 years of patches is now estimated at $300 billion.