MedPAC Unveils Plan To Fix Physician Payment Formula
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has unveiled a draft proposal to replace the sustainable growth rate formula, which sets Medicare physician payment rates. The proposal would offset $100 billion by freezing primary care physician payments for 10 years and cutting specialists' payments annuallyÂ by 5.9% for three years before they are frozen for seven years. The proposal also includes payment revisions for several health care sectors, including drugmakers, durable medical equipment manufacturers, hospitals and post-acute care facilities.
- "MedPAC Doc Fix Doesn't Impress" (Bouchard, Healthcare Finance News, 9/19).
- "MedPAC Releases SGR Repeal Proposal" (Clark, HealthLeaders Media, 9/20).