ACC, Medical Societies Urge Congress to Repeal SGR Before Latest Patch Expires

With physicians facing a looming Medicare payment cut of 24 percent on April 1 when the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula patch expires, the medical community is in action mode. The ACC, in conjunction with many other medical professional societies, has expressed support for H.R. 4015/S. 2000, a bill that would permanently repeal the SGR and establish the framework for a new Medicare payment system that would reward high quality, evidence-based care. This week, the College joined over 600 medical organizations by signing onto an American Medical Association (AMA) letter urging Congress to "finally break the SGR status quo and pass a long-term solution." It is imperative that we let Congress know that another patch is unacceptable, that the progress represented by this bipartisan agreement must be brought to completion, and must be paid for with offsets that do not harm cardiovascular patients or the clinicians who care for them. Send a letter to your members of Congress today.

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