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|A Primer on Medicare Physician Payment Reform and the SGR|
The Brookings Institution
Feb. 2, 2015
"If there is an equivalent of 'Groundhog Day' in the legislative arena, it may be the semi-annual exercise to defer the physician payment rate cuts called for in Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) legislation. Ever since 2003, Congress has legislated an alternative to the automatic cuts scheduled under the law. This time, absent legislative action, payments to physicians under Medicare will but cut by 21.2 percent starting in April.... [This article] explains just what is behind this decade of 'kicking the can down the road.' "
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