Medicare Physician Payment Reform: Sustainable Growth Rate

ASCRS SGR Grassroots Toolkit

After years of failed attempts to repeal and replace the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), Congress is poised to pass a permanent repeal and replacement of the SGR. ASCRS•ASOA and the medical community support H.R. 2, the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act. This bipartisan legislation repeals and replaces the flawed SGR and reverses CMS's policy to transition 10- and 90-day global surgical codes to 0-day. In addition, it extends several other Medicare programs and includes cost off-sets. It is expected to be acted upon in the House on Thursday, March 26 and the Senate the following day.

It is nearly identical to bipartisan legislation introduced last year that would:

·         Fully repeal the SGR and replace it with 5 years of 0.5% updates to Medicare physician payment;

·         Preserve a fee-for-service option;

·         Consolidate and remove the penalties associated with the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the EHR/Meaningful Use Incentive Program, and the Value-Based Payment Modifier; and

·         Create the new consolidated Merit-Based Improvement System (MIPS) in 2019 that establishes clear quality-improvement thresholds that should be achievable by most physicians.

If you have not already contacted your legislators in support of this legislation, please do so now by going to ASCRS’ eyeContact Action Center to send an instant email.

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