Congress Agrees to Short Term SGR Fix

January 5, 2012

Congress Agrees to Short Term SGR Fix

Congressional leaders have announced that they have accepted a two-month fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula used to calculate Medicare physician payments.  Without this legislation, physicians would have faced a 27 percent drop in Medicare reimbursement payments.

Congress passed the two-month Medicare physician payment patch as part of a larger tax bill that also extends other provisions for two months, including a federal payroll tax holiday and unemployment compensation.

When Congress returns in January, both the House and the Senate will appoint conferees to discuss a longer-term extension of the SGR formula as well as other issues.  Current conferees that have been named are:

Senate Democrats

  • Senator Max Baucus (MT)
  • Senator  Ben Cardin (MD)
  • Senator Jack Reed (RI)
  • Senator  Bob Casey (PA)

Senate Republicans

  • Senator Jon Kyl (AZ)
  • Senator  Mike Crapo (ID)
  • Senator John Barrasso (WY)

House Democrats

  • Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD)
  • Rep. Sander Levin (MI)
  • Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA)
  • Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA)
  • Rep. Henry Waxman (CA)

House Republicans

  • Rep. Dave Camp (MI)
  • Rep. Fred Upton (MI)
  • Rep. Kevin Brady (TX)
  • Rep. Renee Ellmers (NC)
  • Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY)
  • Rep. Tom Reed (NY)
  • Rep. Tom Price (GA)
  • Rep. Greg Walden (OR)