Monday, May 6, 2013
SGR FIX MUST COME FROM THE BOTTOM UP
TMA President Michael Speer and our senior lobbyist, Darren Whitehurst, travelled to Washington, D.C., for the American Medical Association’s work group on a replacement payment system for Medicare’s Sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. A lot of work has gone into models that would reward physicians for the quality of care they provide. Here’s how I think we should do it: Base annual payment increases on growth in the number of Medicare patients and the number of patient visits. Then advocate strongly for physician-developed, population-management models that reward according to an increasing scale of clinical difficulty. Those are the types of programs our Management Services Organization Task Force is proposing, where we work with county medical societies and technology companies to provide physicians the tools they need to succeed.
Posted by Steve Levine at 10:50 AM