Congressional Leaders Introduce SGR Repeal/Replacement Legislation

As the March 31 deadline nears to avert a 21% cut to Medicare physician payments, a bipartisan, bicameral bill to permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula was introduced this morning. The proposals on how to pay for the estimated $200 billion cost of the legislation are expected to be released in the coming days. In addition to repealing the SGR, the legislation:

  • Ensures a 5-year period of annual updates of 0.5% to transition to the new payment system.
  • Provides additional incentives for providers who move into alternate payment models.
  • Harmonizes and streamlines existing Medicare quality reporting programs.
  • Expands the use of Medicare data for transparency and quality improvement.

Stay tuned for special alerts from MGMA with important developments on the SGR repeal effort. MGMA has repeatedly urged Congress to permanently repeal the SGR and put an end to short-term payment patches. Join our effort! Visit MGMA’s Advocacy Center now to tell your lawmakers to repeal the SGR.

  • For a one page summary of the bill, click here.
  • For the legislation, click here.

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