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Party on SGR’s grave may end in hangover
Modern Healthcare

The permanent “doc-fix” deal that cleared the Senate by an overwhelming margin on Tuesday night ends a perennial fight over Medicare payments that’s dragged on for more than a decade.

The legislation repeals Medicare’s loathed sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors and averts a 21.2% cut in payments that would have kicked in this month. It also sets up a two-track payment system that’s designed to push physicians away from the traditional fee-for-service reimbursement model.