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Monday, March 30, 2015

Senate goes on 2 week vacation and leaves doctors with 21% salary cut


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.

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