SGR (Sustainable Growth Rate)
Repeal the SGR: Take Action NOW!
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Long-awaited and hard-fought legislation to permanently repeal the fatally flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula now is before both chambers of Congress with last week's introduction of the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4015/ S. 2000).
The three key congressional committees of jurisdiction came to this bipartisan, bicameral agreement in advance of the March 31 deadline to prevent Medicare cuts of 24.1 percent. The bill incorporates many AMA and MSNJ recommendations to reform the health care delivery and physician payment system and improve care for America's seniors.
This legislation would provide physicians with positive annual payment updates of 0.5 percent for five years. It also includes medical liability protections and significant funding for resources and tools to help physicians in small practices transition to new payment and delivery models.
Congress is now closer than ever before to enacting fiscally prudent legislation that would permanently repeal the SGR formula. Amplifying the physician voice on this issue now is critical.
The key points to stress with your representative and senators are:
Be sure to visit FixMedicareNow.org for the latest information and resources on the campaign to repeal the flawed Medicare SGR formula and achieve reform that will transform Medicare into an effective, 21st-century model of care.