AAOS Now, December 2010
Election results portend change
Partisan politics, short-term SGR fix likely Composition of the 112th Congress (PDF) The national midterm elections on Nov. 2 resulted in significant gains for the Republican party and will mean substantial changes in both houses of Congress. The impact of the election will be felt not only in how President Obama will have to change strategies to get legislation passed, but also in what legislation is addressed.
Time’s running out on SGR fix
As this issue of AAOS Now goes to press, the “lame-duck” Congress seems set to approve another short-term fix for physician payments under the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for Medicare. On Nov. 18, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a 1-month extension of the current patch, retaining the 2.2 percent update in physician payments through the end of the year.