SGR Repeal in Sight

Vital Signs: December 2013/January 2014

Federal Update

Last month, the AMA’s House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to support a resolution calling on Congress to repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate, the failed physician payment formula.

“We’re pulling out the stops to get Congress to act and take a fiscally responsible course that will stop the annual cycle of draconian Medicare cuts and short-term patches,” said AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D.

MMS officials have also supported the resolution and submitted comments to the bipartisan Congressional group working on the plan.

MMS President Ronald Dunlap, M.D., praised efforts to permanently repeal the flawed formula, but expressed concerns that current proposals do not contain new payment formulas that will allow physicians to make technological and other investments necessary to achieve the quality markers required by a new approach.

Among other recommendations, Dr. Dunlap urged Congress to include at least a 0.5 percent update for physicians starting in 2014, expand assistance programs for small practices, refinement of value-based program requirements, and allowances for multiple alternative payment models.

–Alex. Calcagno

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