Medicare doc fix lemonade

My latest Kaiser Health News column is out. Do you need a teaser?

[T]he volume of [Medicare] health care services remains unconstrained. As it grows, so do costs. …

The SGR problem is now so large it offers an opportunity for political leverage on the issue of volume. The American Medical Association and other physician groups may want it fixed badly enough that they’ll accept some payment system changes in return. …  As an illustration of the political power of a full SGR fix, the AMA supported health reform on the promise of one.

What should Congress seek in exchange for scrapping the SGR methodology? At the top of my list would be …

I know you can’t resist reading the rest.

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