A new proposal for repealing Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula is incubating in the U.S. House of Representatives, and its authors are seeking comments on it from doctors and other health professionals.
A new proposal for repealing Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula is incubating in the U.S. House of Representatives, and its authors are seeking comments on it from doctors and other health professionals.
Last week, the chairs of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means and Committee on Energy and Commerce, along with the chairs of their respective subcommittees on health, issued the second draft of their “SGR Repeal and Reform Proposal” and invited input from stakeholders. The deadline for submitting comments is April 15.
The proposal calls for:
The committees released a first draft of their joint proposal in February. The latest iteration is more detailed and reflects many of the comments they received on the first draft. Among those comments were a need for a period of stable payments to allow time for alternate payment models to evolve, a desire for evidence-based quality and efficiency measures, and a need for timely performance feedback hat allows providers to identify improvement opportunities and optimize inventive payments.
In their introduction to the revised proposal, the chairs state that fixing the SGR is a “top priority” for their committees. “We recognize that the uncertainty over potentially devastating reimbursement cuts makes it difficult for practices to plan for the future. This uncertainty affects decisions to hire necessary and staff and make investments in practice improvement,” they add.
Comments can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. View the full proposal at http://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/analysis/20130403SGR.pdf.