ACC: SGR Repeal Requires Immediate Senate Action After Recess

Contact: Katie Glenn,, 202-375-6472

WASHINGTON (Mar 27, 2015) -

American College of Cardiology President Kim Allan Williams Sr., M.D., FACC, released the following statement on the Senate's decision to delay a vote to permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR):

"With its strong passage of HR 2, the House has shown it can act in a bipartisan manner to pass legislation that solves a longstanding problem. Now it is the Senate's turn. Upon its return from recess next month, the Senate must quickly take up and pass the bipartisan legislation that the House so overwhelmingly approved. The SGR has created a cycle of short-term fixes causing administrative burdens for practices and uncertainty for clinicians and Medicare patients. After more than a decade, it is time to end this flawed payment formula and focus on providing quality patient care."

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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