House passes permanent SGR fix, but Senate doesn't take up the bill.
by Joyce Frieden
News Editor, MedPage Today
WASHINGTON -- Congress adjourned Friday for a 2-week recess without passing a repeal -- permanent or temporary -- of Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement.
Despite pressure from the House and President Obama, the Senate adjourned early Friday morning for a 2-week recess without passing any kind of fix for the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for Medicare physician reimbursement, leaving doctors once again in limbo.
Without passage of a permanent SGR fix or another temporary "patch," physicians face a 21.2% cut in Medicare reimbursement on April 1.