Two key Texas congressmen in the battle to replace Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula told the American Medical Association House of Delegates they will push to finish the job when Congress reconvenes next week. Reps. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), and Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands) asked for AMA’s help to win final passage of the SGR repeal bill, which stalled earlier this year, in the lame duck session of Congress. (Dr. Burgess said he prefers the term “extra innings.”) Replacing the SGR is one of AMA’s legislative priorities, Sue Bailey, MD, of Fort Worth, vice speaker of the AMA House, told the Texas Delegation to the AMA. The others are:
- Achieve permanent Medicare-parity in Medicaid payments; first for primary care physicians providing primary care services, then for all of medicine;
- Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a change Sen. John Cornyn of Texas has been promoting; and
- Streamline the regulatory mess surrounding value-based purchasing, the Physician Quality Reporting System, and other Medicare quality programs.