Fiscal cliff deal to address SGR cuts

Temporary fix could be followed by permanent solution
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As Congress continues to grapple with a solution to the "fiscal cliff" the nation officially tumbled over on Tuesday, it appears likely that any deal will include at least a short-term fix to the looming 26.7 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians that was part of the sustainable growth rate(SGR)  formula, according to Medscape Today. The proposal includes a one-year delay in the implementation of the cuts. However, other news outlets, such as the Oncology Report, are reporting that Congress could scrap the SGR formula entirely sometime during 2013.