CMS Delays Physician Pay Cut in Hopes that Congress Will Resolve Issue
Doherty said the ACP continues to urge Congress to enact a permanent fix to the SGR problem, noting the "short-term patches" have a disruptive impact on physician practices. He said the SGR formula is "unworkable" and triggers the Medicare payment cuts whenever spending on physicians and related services grow faster than the economy.
The Senate's failure to act Friday came after Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) held up passage of legislation to stop the Medicare payment cut. Bunning also stopped unemployment benefit extensions and other provisions over concerns about the federal deficit. Democrats accused Bunning, a former pitcher in the Hall of Fame, of dropping the ball.
Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
- Transforming Decision Support and Reporting
- In Lakeport, CA, a Population Health Laboratory is Born
- Nurse Ethics Comes to a Head at Guantanamo Bay
- Providers Prep for New Payment Models as Population Health Grows
- CMS Mulls Income-Adjusting MA Stars
- Providers' Push to Consolidate Roils Payers
- Slideshow: Healthcare Executives Eye Efficiency
- As Retail Clinics Surge, Quality Metrics MIA
- Upfront costs of going digital overwhelm some doctors
- 3 Ways to Rev Employee Development Programs