Doctors' Groups Pitch Permanent 'Doc Fix' To Senate

Law360, New York (October 15, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT) -- The American Medical Association and dozens of other doctors' groups on Monday urged senators to consider a permanent replacement for the Medicare physician payment system, laying out principles they said were necessary for a successful replacement.

Under what's known as the sustainable growth rate, doctors' Medicare payments will be cut by about 30 percent at the end of the year unless Congress acts. It's a familiar story. Since the SGR was created in 1997, Congress has voted time and again to override scheduled cuts to the...
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