SGR repeal absent from federal spending bill

Although it seems the $1.1 trillion spending bill recently passed by Congress contained help for virtually every Washington interest group, doctors appear to have been left out. The bill did not contain a repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, nor does it extend additional Medicaid payments for primary care physicians. "The (SGR) policy was basically totally agreed on; the big impediment was paying for it ... Now we've totally hit the 'Reset' button on this issue," Anders Gilberg, senior vice president for government affairs at the Medical Group Management Association's Washington office, told MedPage Today. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare