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Senate Delays Doc Pay Cut for 30 Days

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, March 3, 2010

Sen. Max Baucus, D-MT, said that it was important that "we're finally going to see doctors get paid."

The physician pay cut issue has been dependent continually on congressional action, much to the consternation of physicians. On Dec. 19, Congress voted to delay the scheduled payment cut until March 1.

Specifically, the Medicare payments were scheduled to be cut across the board in accordance with the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula.

The proposed delay ostensibly is to give Congress time to adjust the SGR formula. SGR links Part B Medicare reimbursement to the gross domestic product. The formula has led to proposed large cuts annually, which physicians have successfully worked to delay.

Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.

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