sustainable growth rate

House debates how to pay for SGR fix

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health are working on yet another attempt to reform the unpopular Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, according to Healthcare Finance News.

News Author: 
Zach Budryk

Doctors brace for return of financial pain as 2-year Medicaid raise expires

More than half of Ohio's primary care doctors will keep seeing the same number of Medicaid recipients after a significant but temporary pay boost expires at year's end – while 7 percent say they'll stop accepting Medicaid entirely, according to a survey by two physician trade groups.

The Affordable Care Act raised Medicaid payments for two years to equal Medicare for certain primary care services, mainly assessments and vaccinations. On Jan. 1 rates go back to their previous levels – about 59 cents on the dollar compared to what Medicare pays.

News Author: 
Carrie Ghose

Budget Bill Gets Thumbs Down From Physician Groups

SGR fix, Medicaid pay bump remain unaddressed

The House ended its "lame duck" session with a budget deal that didn't please most physician groups.

The $1.1 trillion budget bill, which was passed by the House on Thursday and is expected to be passed shortly by the Senate, is lacking any fix to the widely hated sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement under Medicare. Also missing in action: an extension of the current pay bump for primary care physicians who see Medicaid patients.

News Author: 
Joyce Frieden
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