S

Sunset Date

The expiration date of a law or government program.

Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Fund

Pays for Medicare Part B and Part D and funding via patient premiums and general revenue.

Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)

A target growth rate for Medicare spending enacted by law in 1997 that, if exceeded, is supposed to trigger physician payment cuts. The SGR-triggered cuts are continuously delayed and “pushed back” year after year.

Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE)

Electronic entry of medical practitioner instructions for the treatment of patients and shared with medical staff or the responsible departments.