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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ONE WEEK LEFT FOR SGR REPEAL ACTION

Congress returns to the Capitol today after a one-week recess and just one week away from a 24-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payments. We’ll be watching the U.S. Senate, where the Democrats and Republicans are backing competing bills to repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The health care policy components of the two bills are almost the same — and both are close to the SGR-repeal bill authored by Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), which the House passed earlier in the month. The differences come in how the various measures would finance the repeal. Without consensus, we may be looking at yet another short-term patch to stave off the looming cuts.

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