President Signs Bill to Repeal SGR, Beckons in New Era of Physician Medicare Payment


Eric Zimmerman wrote this bylined article on new Medicare legislation that repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which he called a “much-maligned … statutory mechanism that caused perennial headaches for physicians and Congress alike.” The replacement for the outdated SGR formula will “encourage physicians to achieve certain quality and resource utilization metrics,” Mr. Zimmerman wrote, adding that this “will accelerate the already rapid progress toward physician-hospital integration.”