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SGR: Work Resumes on Elusive ‘Doc Fix’
Health Leaders Media

With a two-day hearing being held this week in Congress, the annual scramble has begun to plug a gaping hole in the formula Medicare uses to calculate physician reimbursement.

In 1997, Congress crafted the Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR), which ties Medicare’s payment rates for doctors to the projected growth of the national economy. But healthcare spending quickly outpaced economic growth, opening a multibillion-dollar gap in funding for Medicare payments to physicians.