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AMA News Room

Dec. 11, 2013

AMA Encourages Progress for Senate SGR Repeal Proposal

For immediate release:
Dec. 11, 2013


Statement attributed to:
Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D.
President, American Medical Association

"Congress continues to take important strides toward eliminating Medicare’s failed SGR payment formula once and for all. To maintain constructive progress for reforming the Medicare physician payment system, the AMA has urged members of the Senate Finance Committee to favorably report out the current bipartisan legislative proposal in the mark up scheduled for Thursday.

"The AMA thanks the Senate Finance Committee for its dedicated efforts to develop and advance this bipartisan legislation. Senate leaders have made significant modifications to their earlier draft proposal in response to recommendations from the physician community. The current proposal is a significant improvement over current law and will result in a stronger Medicare program for both patients and physicians. Notably, the proposed consolidation of quality programs and the related incentives and penalties represent significant improvements, and is a step closer to a more rational and effective performance reward system.

"The AMA continues to urge the inclusion of positive updates before this legislation is finalized to reflect the practice investments physicians are expected to make to improve patient care."

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