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AMA News Room

July 31, 2013

AMA Appreciates Continued Leadership on Reforming Medicare

For immediate release:
July 31, 2013

Work remains to allow for physician investment in improving patient care

Statement attributable to:
Jeremy Lazarus, MD
Immediate Past President, American Medical Association

“New legislation approved unanimously by the House Energy and Commerce Committee contains critical elements needed to end the broken Medicare physician payment system this year and move toward a Medicare program that rewards high-quality care and reduces costs.

“The American Medical Association appreciates the Committee’s bipartisan efforts to repeal the failed Medicare physician payment system, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Our shared commitment to work together toward reform has generated significant progress in crafting a new payment system that will promote high-quality and efficient care for our nation’s seniors who count on Medicare.

“In addition to repealing the SGR, today’s vote is a significant step toward allowing physicians and other health care providers to design systems of care that best serve their patients through new and innovative health care delivery models. Key to Medicare’s success is ensuring adequate funding for the program’s budget neutral physician payment system that will promote sustainable practice environments and allow physician investment in new ways of improving patient care.

“The AMA strongly believes that more work is required to ensure Medicare funding and payments keep pace with the cost of caring for patients, and to address the potential complexity of a proposed quality system that could distract from more effective efforts to improve patient care.  

“We will continue to work with Congress this year to achieve the best Medicare system for patients and physicians.”

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Contact:

Heather Lasher Todd
AMA Media Relations
202-789-7430
Heather.Lasher.Todd@ama-assn.org

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