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AMA News Room

March 31, 2014

AMA Statement on 17th Sustainable Growth Rate Patch

For immediate release:
March 31, 2014

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

The American Medical Association is deeply disappointed by the Senate's decision to enact a 17th patch to fix the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Congress has spent more taxpayer money on temporary patches than it would cost to solve the problem for good."

"This bill perpetuates an environment of uncertainty for physicians, making it harder for them to implement new innovative systems to better coordinate care and improve quality of care for patients.

"Remarkable progress was made this past year in reaching a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on policy to repeal the SGR, and the AMA encourages Congress to continue its work and resolve outstanding issues.   On behalf of Medicare patients and physicians across the country, it is critical that we achieve permanent Medicare physician payment reform.

"We will continue our efforts to secure a permanent SGR repeal this year."

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