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Predictable fault lines emerge as perennial doc-fix debate begins
Modern Healthcare

There’s only one outstanding issue left to resolve before Congress can pass a permanent “doc fix”: how to cover the roughly $140 billion price tag. Last year, that nagging detail derailed a much celebrated bipartisan, bicameral deal to permanently do away with Medicare’s widely loathed sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors. That resulted in a 17th consecutive patch that expires at the end of March. If Congress doesn’t take action, doctors will face a 21.2% cut in payments for treating Medicare patients, an outcome that’s viewed as untenable by both Democrats and Republicans.