A scheduled cut to the sustainable growth rate formula (SGR) has been pushed back to March 1, 2010. This comes after Congress passed a Department of Defense appropriations bill just before their holiday recess, which includes a provision providing for the extension. A cut of 21 percent had been scheduled for January 1, 2010.
The Academy will continue to advocate for separate legislation to permanently replace the flawed SGR formula, along with including neurology's inclusion as a specialty eligible for the primary bonus during the reconciliation process of the House and Senate health care reform bills.
For more information, contact Academy legislative counsel Mike Amery at email@example.com.