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Monday, April 7, 2014

CLOSE, BUT NO SGR CIGAR; WE'RE NOT GIVING UP

If you’re big on frustration and aggravation, then Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is the gift that keeps on giving. As we, unfortunately, predicted correctly last week, the U.S. Congress applied yet another patch on the SGR, averted a big cut in physicians’ Medicare fees, and threw away a great opportunity to fix this mess once and for all. As TMA President Steve Brotherton, MD, said, “After an admirable bipartisan and bicameral agreement to end the farcical funding flaw that perpetually leaves doctors unsure of their ability to participate in Medicare and senior patients unsure of their access to their physicians, Congress could not find an equally collegial solution to the funding mechanism.” While we had high hopes that the momentum would be enough to carry the bill to passage this time, we’re not going to sit around and mope. Look for TMA to work with our champions — like U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), and others —to get the repeal train back on the track.

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