Medicare SGR reform gains ground, but payment plan still undecided

The American Medical Association praised what it called “strong bipartisan votes” by two Congressional committees to replace the current Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and end the “annual cycle of draconian Medicare physician payment cuts and short-term patches” on physician reimbursement.The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees both passed versions of the bill on Thursday, including what an AMA statement calls a plan to “consolidate and restructure existing quality improvement incentive programs to reduce the administrative and financial burden on physicians.”Action by the full House and Senate (Read more...)

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