Is SGR Repeal Still Possible in 2013?

Medicare continued paying physicians through the last government shutdown — December 1995 through January 1996 — and physicians are still seeing payments roll in today since the funding for Medicare and Medicaid programs aren't dependent on Congress to appropriate money for provider reimbursement, according to a Medscape report.

However, a 24.7 percent reimbursement reduction is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2014 unless Congress is able to avert it.

There is a bill with bipartisan support that would replace the SGR formula and provide a 0.5 percent annual rise through 2018, according to the report, and include pay-for-performance requirements. However, as battles in Congress persist some foresee continued political maneuvering and "Doc Fix" solutions throughout next year.

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