Monday, February 9, 2015
IN CONGRESS: SGR REPEAL, AGAIN, AND RED TAPE REDUCTION, AGAIN
Don’t think for a second, from reading those first two stories, that TMA is limiting our lobby activities to the Texas Legislature. In conjunction with our Coalition of State Medical Societies and the American Medical Association, we have a full slate of requests for Washington. We’re watching the new Republican majority in Congress for opportunities to push repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. With leaders like Reps. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), and Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) well-positioned to have an impact, we’re even more hopeful to win physicians some relief from bureaucracy-laden programs like Meaningful Use, the Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and value-based purchasing. Noncompliance with those complex regulations this year will bring cuts in Medicare payments in 2016 and 2017. We’ll be on Capitol Hill next week to push our federal agenda.
Posted by Steve Levine at 11:21 AM