Medicare Physician Payment Reform Bills Released by Congressional Committees
Published on: November 06, 2013
The Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee jointly released their draft legislation to reform physician payment under Medicare on October 30. The Committees provided an eight page summary of the proposed bill and have asked ASH and other specialty societies to provide comments by November 12.
ASH is very pleased to see that the repeal of the SGR included in the Committees' proposed bill, the 10 year freeze in fees and the 2017 start date for the combined value-based program are more problematic. ASH will submit a comment letter to the Committees thanking them for the SGR repeal while raising many of the concerns the Society has expressed related to similar reform measures. Please contact ASH Government Relations and Practice Manager Stephanie Kaplan with any comments you have about the proposed bill.
ASH has been a leading advocate over the past year urging Congress to repeal the SGR and replace it with a predictable, stable, and quality-based payment system for updating fees that fully and realistically account for the costs of operating a medical practice. Read more about ASH's ongoing advocacy efforts.