‘Doc fix’ reform critical to protecting seniors’ access

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Washington, D.C., Jul 31, 2013 | Jen Talaber (202.225.2931) | comments

Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., along with Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, today voted to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act, H.R. 2810, passed the committee unanimously.

“I’m encouraged by the Committee’s efforts towards repealing and replacing the flawed Medicare physician payment formula,” Gingrey said. “This is a critical step towards enacting a fiscally-responsible, permanent solution that promotes quality care while providing physicians with security and stability. This bill also includes the core principles of the Standard of Care Protection Act, which I introduced to ensure that doctors – not federal bureaucrats – retain the power to define provider care standards. I look forward to working with my colleagues to perfect this bill while making it budget-neutral.”

Background
H.R. 2810, the Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013, is a bipartisan effort to transform the Medicare physician payment system in a number of important ways. First and foremost, the bill repeals the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) system and replaces it with a fair and stable system of payments. Instead of looming annual cuts, physicians will be rewarded for the quality of care they provide to Medicare beneficiaries. The legislation also includes new transparency and collaboration requirements to solicit input from expert medical organizations and other groups on the development and selection of quality measures. The bipartisan bill also provides additional avenues for development of new payment and care delivery models.

 

 

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