Five physician group representatives added their voices to the sustainable growth rate debate at a Congressional roundtable about Medicare payments.
"Every year, the flawed sustainable growth rate, or SGR, leads physicians to fear dramatic reductions in their Medicare payments," Baucus stated in his opening remarks. "Next year physicians will face a 27% cut if we don't act. While Congress has intervened to prevent these cuts each year, it is time we develop a permanent solution.
"We need to repeal SGR and end the annual ‘doc fix' ritual. The year-in and year-out uncertainty is not fair to physicians or the Medicare beneficiaries who need access to their doctors."