No Longer a Done Deal?

February 10, 2014 9:56 PM

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No Longer a Done Deal?

WASHINGTON -- Organized medicine is lobbying Congress to move quickly on legislation to repeal the way Medicare pays physicians, fearing its window of opportunity for action, which looked wide open a few days ago, is closing fast.

But, the bill didn't offer a way to pay for the $120-$150 billion SGR repeal. So now, instead of a repeal, lawmakers are close to including an SGR patch as part of a bill that raises the country's debt ceiling, putting off the nearly 24% payment cuts the mandated by the SGR for 9 months. A debt-ceil...

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