For far too long, Congress has put off dealing with the issue of repealing Medicare's flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula by temporarily applying patch after patch to prevent triggering drastic cuts to physician payments. In all, Congress has spent more than $150 billion over the past 12 years kicking the can down the road.
Our message to Congress has been consistent: The habit of passing quick fixes for the SGR has a high cost for the American people as a whole, and, specifically, for family physicians and their patients.
Now, Congressional leaders in both the U.S. House and Senate have produced bipartisan legislation that would permanently repeal SGR and enact important reforms that will support improvements in health care delivery, including the Patient Centered Medical Home. Unfortunately, partisan politics threatens this piece of legislation and left hope of SGR repeal in doubt.
We cannot allow this landmark legislation to stall in Congress. The current deadline to prevent the SGR cut from taking effect is March 31, and if nothing is done physician payments will be slashed 24 percent. Another patch is NOT the answer. Tell Congress to repeal the SGR today.