Medicare Brain Trust Floats SGR Solutions
At the end of the roundtable Sen. Baucus asked the group to create specific short-term and long-term SGR fixes. He gave them 30 days to accomplish the task but cautioned that he wasn't committing to introduce any of their ideas as legislation. I won't be counting the days, but I did make a note on my calendar to check back with the committee.
I don't doubt the Medicare brain trusts' ability to develop some good ideas, but I do doubt Congress's ability to substantially deal with the issue. The SGR problem will be an unwelcome gift to the new Congress that assumes office in January 2013.
'After all,' I can imagine our representatives declare sanctimoniously, 'it would be unfair for a lame duck Congress to deny newly minted representatives a say in this very important matter.'
Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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