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Monday, June 10, 2013

TMA TO CONGRESS: TRASH SGR, KEEP UPDATES STABLE, KEEP PHYSICIANS IN CHARGE

We spent a lot of time talking with Representative Burgess about the brewing congressional plan to replace the SGR with a formula that won’t underpay physicians year after year after year. With hearings coming up this week, he encouraged us to send our thoughts in a formal comment letter to the House Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means committees. TMA President Steve Brotherton, MD, wrote that any plan must:
  • Eliminate the SGR immediately and create a period of stable Medicare payments that includes annual increases at least equal to the growth in the Medicare Economic Index;
  • Include payment for services rendered (fee for service) as a major payment option;
  • Replace — rather than add to — the Medicare value-based payment modifier plan for assessing and rewarding quality care;
  • Evaluate any new payment methods, incentives, or efficiency or quality measures in actual medical practices before they are widely implemented;
  • Prohibit performance measurement methods that are dependent on patient compliance;
  • Reject incentives to withhold treatment and testing for Medicare patients; and
  • Avoid any new administrative requirements that will not produce proven, quantifiable returns.

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