House Passes SGR Repeal Bill; Action Moves to the Senate

March 26, 2015 5:08 PM

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WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives voted 392-37 Thursday to permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for Medicare physician reimbursement, putting the bill's fate in the hands of the Senate.

The vote came after years of negotiations to get rid of the much-maligned formula, in which Medicare physician reimbursements were linked to increases in the gross domestic product; the formula invariably resulted in payment cuts for physicians. The cuts were staved off each time by a series of paym...

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