Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) method

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MACRA: Big Fix or Big Problem?

J. Michael McWilliams, MD, PhD | Annals of Internal Medicine | May 16, 2017

In January 2017, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) took effect, ushering in a new system for physician payment in Medicare. With MACRA, policymakers ended the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) method for updating physician fees in Medicare and provided a permanent “doc fix,” relieving Congress of its annual duty to override substantial fee cuts that the SGR would have imposed. In place of the SGR, MACRA instituted the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which intends to reward clinicians for providing higher-quality and lower-cost care...

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