- Last week, House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced they had come up with a plan to permanently fix Medicare's sustainable growth-rate (SGR) formula.
- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is opposing the new plan, claiming it includes a 10-year pay freeze for physicians.
- Other physician groups, including the American College of Physicians, are backing the bill with the hope that a deal will be struck before the March 31 deadline.
"Right now, this bill to us is a bill that everyone is just rushing to sign to get this SGR thing out of the way," Dr. Scot Glasberg, president of the ASPS told Modern Healthcare. "We're tremendously thankful that there's bipartisan support for getting it done, but getting it done doesn't mean sweeping it under the rug, it means actually coming up with something meaningful for physicians." Glasberg also says he expects to see more opposition from physicians once they become aware of the bill's details. "I really think physicians across the country don't know what's in this bill," he said.