by Caroline Rayburn – Prior to wrapping up all legislative business for the week on Friday, March 14, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4015, the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act.” AMAC recently announced support for this critical piece of legislation, which would permanently repeal the Sustained Growth Rate (SGR) as the method used to control spending by Medicare on physician services. Instead of continuing to rely on the outdated SGR payment system, H.R. 4015 promises to modernize the system by rewarding physicians based on performance and outcomes – giving mature Americans and seniors the peace of mind they deserve when it comes to their health care. In addition, this bill off-sets the cost of repealing the SGR by delaying ObamaCare’s individual mandate for five years. The delay is projected to reduce spending by $169.8 billion, which more than covers the $138.4 billion cost of a permanent “doc fix.” AMAC applauds Representative Michael Burgess, M.D., as the sponsor of this legislation and the fiscally responsible way he seeks to finance the SGR repeal and to provide Americans with relief from ObamaCare. The 237-182 vote will move this bill from the House to the Senate and is a meaningful first step toward reforming the Medicare program.
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