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Monday, November 24, 2014

VISIT REVEALS A CHANCE, HOWEVER SLIM, OF SGR REPEAL THIS YEAR


Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula repeal this year is a definite maybe. That’s the feedback 16 members of the Coalition of State Medical Societies received from our visits on Capitol Hill last week. Congressional leaders remain committed to repealing Medicare’s SGR formula, we heard. The big question remains whether the stars will align for that to happen in the few legislative days that remain before Congress adjourns for the year early next month. The SGR will mandate a 21-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payments on April 1, 2015, if Congress doesn’t intervene. The Texas delegation for the visits included former TMA Board of Trustees Chair Carlos Cardenas, MD; our chief lobbyist, Darren Whitehurst; and me. The other states in the coalition are California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, South and North Carolina, New Jersey, and New York.

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