In a letter to Congress, 131 medical groups called for a solution that would permanently replace the current Sustainable Growth Rate formula, amid a new CMS estimate that physician payment cuts would increase from 25% to 29.5% by Jan. 1. "These payment uncertainties and delays created serious problems for many physician practices. ... As work begins on the fiscal year 2012 budget resolution, we believe that this is the year for Congress to make eliminating the SGR one of its highest priorities," according to the letter.

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