[MMA News Now, Aug. 15, 2013]
Congress is on break during the month of August, and now is the time to meet with them in their home districts. MMA members have a great opportunity to help influence health care policy by speaking with their Congress person during the five-week break.
“This is a great time to meet with them as they are home and not in Washington,” said Dave Renner, MMA’s director of state and federal legislation. “And the timing couldn’t be better with a bill to repeal SGR passing out of the Energy and Commerce Committee”
For the first time since the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula began cutting physician Medicare payments more than 10 years ago there is hope it may finally be repealed. The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill that repeals SGR and replaces it with a guaranteed .5 percent increase each year for five years as Medicare transitions to a payment system that rewards quality, not just quantity.
“While the bill in not perfect it achieves a goal long advocated by the MMA and the AMA—repeal the flawed SGR system,” Renner said. “This will only happen if lawmakers hear how important this is from you, their constituents. Most legislators are eager to hear what constituents are thinking about the issues that are in play in D.C. This year it is especially important.”