American College of Cardiology Encouraged By Unprecedented Progress Toward Full SGR Repeal

Contact: Katie Glenn,, 202-375-6472

WASHINGTON (Mar 19, 2015) -

American College of Cardiology President Kim Allan Williams Sr., M.D., FACC, issued the following statement in response to the  introduction of legislation to permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR):

"Today, legislation was introduced in the House which would permanently repeal the SGR. This bicameral, bipartisan legislation, which mirrors the SGR repeal proposal the ACC supported in the previous Congress, would increase stability in the healthcare system for Medicare patients and the clinicians who care for them, and put in place real reforms that will put our nation's healthcare system on a pathway to improved quality and value. The American College of Cardiology, along with over 750 medical societies, is urging Congress to correct this ongoing threat. We commend the leadership of both parties for this initial step, and strongly urge all of Congress to continue the unprecedented momentum toward solving this problem once and for all."

The American College of Cardiology is a 49,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit


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