MMS Statement on the Introduction of Bipartisan SGR Repeal Legislation

Contact: Richard P. Gulla
(781) 434-7101
rgulla@mms.org

Statement from Ronald W. Dunlap, M.D., president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, on the introduction of HR 4015, legislation to repeal the physician Medical payment formula.

"We congratulate the members and staff of the three House and Senate committees for their hard work to develop bipartisan legislation to preserve the Medicare program. We strongly urge the members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation to support passage of this legislation as soon as possible. There may never be a better time to do so.

“The Medicare physician payment formula has been flawed from the start. The series of short-term patches, fixes and delays over the past 10 years have wasted billions of dollars; the status quo is not sustainable. It’s absolutely vital that Congress fixes the Medicare payment system once and for all.

“We have long stated that when it comes to health care legislation, one size doesn’t fit all. That is why we welcome the bill’s consolidation of Medicare’s confusing panoply of incentive programs, as well as its guaranteed payment updates for all practices, its expanded technical support to small practices and bonuses for practices who adopt alternative payment programs.

"Inevitably, the transition to a value-based health care system will require many adjustments and improvements as the years progress. For smaller and mid-sized practices, other innovative payment models may need to be developed, so they can effectively participate in alternative payment systems, and allow them to be eligible for bonuses and incentives, such as those outlined in this legislation."


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