SGR Patch Set to Expire; Urge Your Lawmakers to Permanently Repeal Flawed Formula

With a 24 percent cut to Medicare payments set to go into effect April 1 when the latest Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) patch expires, time is ticking for Congress to complete work on permanently repealing the flawed formula. The House and Senate recently introduced the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4015/ S. 2000), a bill that would eliminate the SGR and replace it with a new Medicare payment system that would reward high quality, evidence-based care. However, passing this legislation is still an extremely heavy lift and another temporary patch is a distinct possibility. As the pressure builds, your ACC is taking action. The College has banded together with other medical associations on an advertising campaign aimed at lawmakers. Starting this week, a print ad is running in Roll Call every Tuesday and Thursday through March 11 and a digital ad is running on through March 2. An ACC Grassroots Action Alert is active and members are encouraged to contact their lawmakers to stress the urgency of a permanent SGR solution.

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