ISASS staff participated in a conference call conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA) in which the SRG Repeal Legislation was discussed. We felt ISASS members would want to review the information presented.
Staff for the chairmen and ranking minority members of the three Congressional committees of jurisdiction briefed physician groups this afternoon on the results of their bicameral, bipartisan negotiations on repealing the SGR. The “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014,” which was introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX) in the House as H.R. 4015, addresses only the policy provisions related to eliminating the flawed payment update formula. It does not include financial offsets or any of the usual extender policies.
The AMA is still reviewing the legislative language in detail, but following are some of the main provisions:
Members of the Congressional Doctors Caucus were heavily engaged throughout the negotiations until late last night, pursuing the policy goals they outlined in a letter last December.
The AMA greeted today’s developments with enthusiasm, congratulating House and Senate negotiators for taking this critical step. In addition, the AMA strongly cautioned against continuing the cycle of short-term patches by merely addressing the imminent 2014 cut without resolving the underlying problem caused by the SGR, characterizing that strategy as fiscally irresponsible. A copy of Dr. Hoven’s statement on the introduction of the bill is also attached.