With compromise reached last week and House and Senate bills now introduced in the Congress to repeal and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for Medicare payments to physicians, the American Medical Association is urging fast passage. Here is a letter sent to members of Congress on Feb. 10 from AMA CEO James Madara, M.D.:

“On behalf of the American Medical Association, I am writing to express our strong support for the ‘SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014,’ (H.R. 4015/S. 2000). The development of a bipartisan and bicameral solution for a problem that has bedeviled lawmakers for more than a decade is a significant accomplishment.

“Previous Congresses have spent more than $150 billion over the past 12 years to preserve access to care for Medicare beneficiaries by forestalling SGR mandated cuts. However, during that time, few steps have been taken to modernize the Medicare physician payment system to increase quality and value. The legislation, in contrast, contains important reforms that will support improvements in health care delivery. Furthermore, by ending the cycle of temporary patches to a flawed system, this proposal represents not only critical payment and delivery reform, but prudent fiscal policy as well.

“The Sustainable Growth Rate formula was flawed policy from the moment it was enacted. The time for its repeal is now. We thank you for the truly impressive efforts that have been made in developing the ‘SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act’ and your responsiveness to issues raised by the AMA and others in the physician community. We pledge our continued support to help enact this law quickly.”

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All Health Data Management content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access