According to the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Budget and Economic Outlook released Jan. 26, the 10-year cost of freezing Medicare physician payments has increased since previous estimates. CBO estimates the cost of freezing pay for 10 years (2016-2025) to be $131 billion, an increase from the $119 billion forecast in November. To avoid sustainable growth rate (SGR) cuts for the rest of 2015, CBO estimated it would cost another $6 billion. The current SGR patch runs out at the end of March.

Source: NRAA Renal Watch Jan. 27

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