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SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 Update

February 27, 2014    --    Back to Retina Practice News

ASRS has joined other major medical organizations in supporting a long-awaited and hard-fought bipartisan bill to permanently repeal Medicare's fatally flawed SGR formula.  The SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 1415/S. 2000), introduced in both chambers of Congress, is finally before Congress.  This legislation would replace the sustainable growth rate (SGR) that has been in place since 2003, in addition to providing 5 years of positive updates.
 

Key Features of HR 1415/S 2000

This final product is a significant improvement over current law and is the result of more than a year of intense effort to replace the SGR, which has plagued physicians and the Medicare program for almost a decade. Some of the most important features of the bill are:

  • Permanent repeal of the SGR, effective immediately
  • Modest, positive updates for physicians provided for 5 years
  • Preservation of the fee-for-service model
  • Consolidation of quality incentive and payment programs, reducing financial risk to practices from penalties
  • Funding provided for quality measure development by physician organization

Congress is working against a March 31 deadline, at which point the SGR formula calls for a 24 percent cut to physician payments.

Read the joint society letters sent to House and Senate leaders on February 10, 2014.

Update: Read the joint letters sent to House and Senate leaders on March 5, 2014.

For more information about the bills, please see the AMA’s chart comparing the proposed legislation with current law and the 3 original committee bills.

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