SGR over­haul ex­pected to be part of debt bill

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

The Se­nate is ex­pected to vote this week on a mea­sure that would re­peal the Medi­care for­mula that dic­tates physi­cian pay­ment. De­tails were un­avail­able at dead­line, but two health­care lob­by­ists said that leg­is­la­tion to re­fig­ure the sus­tain­able growth rate would be at­tached as an amend­ment to a big­ger bill that aims to in­crease the coun­try’s debt ceil­ing. That mea­sure has al­ready cleared the House. Last Novem­ber, the House passed a bill that es­sen­tially re­vamps the SGR, which is based on the econ­omy’s health and has pro­duced cuts to physi­cian pay­ments ev­ery year since 2003. Congress has stepped in each time to pre­vent those cuts from oc­cur­ring. In Oc­to­ber, a Se­nate vote on a bill re­vamp­ing the SGR failed. The bill that the Se­nate plans to take up next week would in­crease the na­tion’s $13.02 tril­lion debt ceil­ing.

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