Physicians Redouble Efforts to Have SGR Repealed

AAOS schedules actual, virtual “fly-in” next month

Elizabeth Fassbender

One of the last actions taken by the 113th Congress was to pass a $1.1 trillion budget deal that closely averted another government shutdown. Although that measure included some positive provisions for orthopaedics—including funding for the peer-reviewed orthopaedic research program, additional funding for the National Institutes of Health, and reduced funding for the Independent Payment Advisory Board—it did not address issues such as the repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. That will be left to the 114th Congress, which officially convenes this month, with both the Senate and the House under Republican control.

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