Legislation just introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate would permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and enact important reforms to support improvements in health care delivery. While the bills do not address all physician concerns with the current Medicare system, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4015/S. 2000) is a bipartisan solution to the SGR problem.
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The bills include an annual 0.5 percent payment update for physicians for five years. If adopted by March 31, the legislation would remove this year’s scheduled 24.1 percent reimbursement reduction.
Also included in the legislation are incentives for care coordination, as well as movement to alternative payment models and the patient centered medical home. Additional provisions expand the use of Medicare data for transparency and quality improvement.
What is not specified in the legislation is a payment mechanism for the new reimbursement system. That could prove difficult with only 17 session days left before the March 31 deadline.
Your action is needed to encourage Congress to act on the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014.