Medicare SGR reform hits another political snag in Congress

Efforts to eliminate Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula hit a political speed bump early today when the Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a measure including provisions to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act.Even before the 238-181 vote, the American Medical Association wrote to Congress expressing “profound disappointment” that the process to reform Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula (SGR) had “become a victim of partisan approaches to resolve budgetary issues.”Lawmakers face a March 31 deadline, when the current payment patch will expire, triggering a 24% cut to physician payments.

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