Since our last visit to Capitol Hill, Congress has repealed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, and House Speaker John Boehner’s announced retirement has created a free-for-all battle for House leadership positions. But TMA and the Coalition of State Medical Societies are still fighting to pry some of the regulatory burdens off of physicians’ backs. When we return to Washington in a few weeks, our agenda will sound familiar to senators and representatives:
- Eliminate federal mandates, like the poorly named “meaningful use” program, that compel physicians to engage in unnecessary activities and reporting;
- Stop the bounty-hunting Medicare Recovery Audit Program contractors (RACs);
- Maintain the state-based system of licensing physicians;
- Be prepared to act quickly to protect physicians’ practices decimated by the new ICD-10 coding system; and
- Clarify that there are not now and never will be a requirement for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) to be a condition for state licensure or for participation in Medicare or Medicaid.