Surgical Oncology News

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Medical Groups Sound Alarm on SGR 'Crisis'

Author: Cheryl Clark, Health Leaders Media
Sep 30, 2010

The dreaded sustainable growth rate formula (SGR) formula that cuts physicians' Medicare pay takes effect in 61 days (Dec. 1) but already the American Medical Association, 66 specialist practitioner societies and 50 state medical groups, are sounding the alarm.  Again.

If nothing is done, the 23% cut in physician fees Dec. 1, will be followed by another 6.5% cut Jan. 1, reductions that could seriously impair the ability of seniors to access care because many physicians who now accept Medicare beneficiaries will stop doing so, physician groups say.

"The AMA is calling on Congress to immediately address this impending crisis when they return to Washington after the November elections," AMA President Cecil B Wilson, MD, said in a statement....

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