Sustainable Growth Rate Fix….Maybe?

After a permanent repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula passed the House of Representatives in late March, the measure’s backers in the Senate worked to quell a potential revolt from Senate conservatives over its initial $214 billion price tag.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he expects the Senate will permanently repeal the SGR this week to prevent automatic cuts in Medicare payments to doctors that will take effect April 15 absent a fix. But senators on both sides of the aisle call for more scrutiny and further amendments to the bill.

Despite the successful passage of the bill in the House, healthcare experts say the measure doesn’t provide enough specifics. For example, the legislation does not establish which care quality metrics Medicare will be use to determine payments in lieu of the SGR.