By Sam Baker - 01/13/12 09:18 PM EST
Doctors will face a roughly 30 percent cut in their Medicare payments if Congress doesn’t act within the two-month window. After every temporary patch, the scheduled cut gets bigger and the cost of delaying it again increases further.
The AMA wants Congress to use savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to offset the cost of replacing the SGR. Some lawmakers have balked at using the savings as an offset, though Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) warmed up to the idea last year, saying the war savings and the SGR both amount to fake money.
If Congress doesn’t tap into the war savings to offset its next doc fix, it will likely make targeted cuts to hospitals and other healthcare providers.