7-26-2013

Doc Fix Legislation Advances

FRA supports the permanent repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula that dictates reimbursement rates paid to physicians who see Medicare and TRICARE patients. Under that formula, Medicare/TRICARE physician reimbursements are to be cut by nearly 30 percent on January 1, 2014 – a move that may prompt many providers to stop seeing Medicare and TRICARE patients.

The Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee advanced a draft proposal (H.R. 2810) to make the so-called “doc fix” permanent by repealing the antiquated SGR formula and replacing it with a fair, stable, simplified system of physician payments for Medicare and TRICARE programs. The subcommittee bill, introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess (Texas), now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for further consideration.

“The time of temporary fixes and kicking the can down the road has ended. The bipartisan committee draft permanently repeals the SGR and places us on a path to paying for innovation and quality, not volume of services, and puts doctors, not bureaucrats, back in charge of medicine,” said Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (Penn.).

Members are urged to ask their representative to support this legislation.