Short-term SGR patches have long-term impact, physicians say

Ahead of the recent "fiscal cliff" deal, physicians' groups called on Congress to formulate a permanent solution to the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula, which had been poised to deliver a significant blow to doctors at the start of the year. However, lawmakers voted to simply postpone cuts. Interventional cardiologist Dr. Peter Duffy says the annual uncertainty, which has persisted for a decade, is resulting in losses of qualified staff and was a factor in the sale of his practice to a hospital system.

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