Physician Payment Back in Congressional Spotlight
Published on: June 15, 2011
On June 15, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its customary June report advising Congress on adjustments to Medicare provider payments. Members of Congress look to MedPAC to provide advice on how to find savings within Medicare to pay for provider payment changes as it faces the looming Medicare physician payment reductions scheduled for 2012.
Congress must pass legislation by December 31, 2011 to avert a scheduled physician payment cut of 29 percent caused by the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).
ASH continues to advocate that Congress repeal the current physician payment formula and provide physicians with adequate payment. The Society will keep members apprised of future congressional action and its related advocacy efforts on this issue.