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Medicare Brain Trust Floats SGR Solutions

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 16, 2012

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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2 comments on "Medicare Brain Trust Floats SGR Solutions"

Steven Valles (5/16/2012 at 3:45 PM)
A successful proposal to fix the SGR needs to be developed soon. I read a write up by Han Zhong a policy analysis at the American Action Forum discussing the unhappiness of doctors. Some of their unhappiness seems to have a lot to do with problems the SGR has caused. I know I do not want to be cared for by a doctor in a bad mood. Really Interesting[INVALID]>

Kerry Willis MD (5/16/2012 at 2:35 PM)
They couldn't buy a vowel and solve the puzzle if they had to much less fix the SGR problem. BTW Its not that hard