Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS Statement on the Passage of SGR 'Patch' Legislation

MMS Statement on the Passage of SGR 'Patch' Legislation

Contact: Richard P. Gulla

Statement by Ronald W. Dunlap, MD, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, following the Senate's passage on March 31 of HR 4302, the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014."

"We’re very disappointed that Congress has again failed to fix the deeply flawed Sustainable Growth Rate Medicare payment formula. The legislation is sound policy that was supported by both parties, in both chambers of Congress. Yet, because its leaders were unable to overcome partisan differences over how to pay for it, we now have the 17th SGR patch in the last 11 years.

"The bitter irony is that every patch makes the problem worse. Congress could have solved the problem years ago by enacting a permanent repeal, and would have saved taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.

"The campaign to fix Medicare must continue, for the sake of the millions of seniors and military families who depend on the program for their health care. We’re deeply grateful to the members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation for their steadfast support for true Medicare payment reform, and pledge to work with them to achieve this goal – once and for all."

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 24,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society, under the auspices of NEJM Group, publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and NEJM Journal Watch alerts and publications covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country.

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