Some doctors would take pay cut to fix SGR

A group of physicians that objects to Congress' inability to reach a consensus on replacing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula said they would take the associated 24 percent pay reduction as part of a plan to achieve a more lasting fix. Congress had reached a bipartisan deal on a replacement for SGR, but backed off after House Republicans insisted the bill include a delay of the individual mandate to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and instead passed yet another one-year delay of the formula. "We have never opposed a patch before," American College of Physicians spokesman David Kinsman told MedPage Today. "This is unique because we're so close. This time we have bicameral and bipartisan support for permanent reform." Read the full article at FierceHealthcare




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