On March 25, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly in favor of scrapping Medicare's sustainable growth-rate (SGR) formula, passing a permanent doc fix 392-37. The measure next goes to the Senate for a vote.
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AADA praises House passage of SGR repeal; Victory in Senate possible with your help!
March 26, 2015: In a historic display of bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pass legislation that ends the dramatic, 13-year rollercoaster of patches and fixes for physician payment. The bill also reverses CMS’ decision to phase out the use of global codes for surgery – a win for patients who undergo procedures in a dermatologists’ office. The AADA supports the bill, and thanks its members who have joined the call to action for SGR repeal in sending over 2000 emails to Capitol Hill in recent weeks.
The victory is tempered by what still could be an uphill battle for passage in the Senate. The AADA needs all hands on deck from its members as there is no contingency plan if the bill fails to pass in the Senate. The clock is ticking, and time is running out. It takes two minutes to call or send a pre-drafted letter to your Senators through our Dermatology Action Network.
With your help – and in unity with colleagues from across the house of medicine – we can get SGR repeal passed once-and-for-all.
Widespread bipartisan support for repeal of Medicare payment formula in this year
March 20, 2015: After years of riding the roller coaster of Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, many in Congress signaled support for action to address the formula before adjourning for the year. AADA is pleased to see an uptick in congressional interest to end the broken payment formula, and plans to use the remaining days of 2014, to advocate for further movement on a permanent solution for fair and stable reimbursement. Since Medicare payments were cut in 2002, Congress has acted on 17 times to stop payment cuts that would have otherwise been required by the SGR.
In a letter to House Republican leadership the GOP Doctors Caucus called for passage of the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act. Echoing further action to fix the SGR permanently, a group of 114 members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, implored Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to act, citing the almost record low projected cost to repeal it. All AADA members are urged to contact their Senators and Representatives to take action to reform Medicare’s broken payment system and repeal the SGR formula this year.