Doctors' group calls for 'doc fix' in fiscal cliff bill

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 Some congressional Republicans have been angling for a one-year fix by the end of 2012, with or without a deal on the fiscal cliff.

Congress routinely delays the automatic cuts built into Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The constant threat of looming cuts is making doctors second-guess their decision to accept Medicare, especially because the cut gets bigger each time Congress delays it, the Alliance said.

"Consequently, beneficiary access to high-quality healthcare will be severely threatened, with longer waits and lengthy travel to see a physician, particularly specialists," the Alliance said in a letter to congressional leaders.