Historic SGR Repeal Passes in House

The House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, H.R. 2, by a vote of 392–37. This legislation permanently repeals the SGR and returns stability to physicians and Medicare patients.

MGMA President and CEO Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, FAAP, released the following statement:

“The House of Representatives has voted to remove the dark cloud of financial uncertainty over physician group practices. Medicare innovation has been hampered far too long by the SGR. The Senate is one vote away from returning stability to patients and physicians in Medicare. MGMA urges the Senate to immediately vote to repeal the SGR.”

MGMA has worked tirelessly over the years urging Congress to permanently repeal the SGR and put an end to temporary short-term patches. MGMA members have lent their own critical support to the effort, engaging in years of influential grassroots campaigns.

Attention now turns to the Senate, which must also pass the legislation before the current patch expires on March 31 to avoid an automatic 21% cut to physician payments. Make your voice heard! Urge your Senators to repeal the SGR now.

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