Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012
This Week's News
This Week's News
SGR keeping physicians from trying new payment models, survey finds
Survey results released last week bolster the AMA's call for repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and establishment of a new system that fosters physician leadership in delivery and payment innovation.
Conducted by MGMA-ACMPE, the survey found that 18 percent of respondents are taking part in new Medicare payment models. Meanwhile, 82 percent reported that they would be more likely to consider new models if there were a period of stability in Medicare payments.
Earlier this month, the AMA and more than 100 other medical associations called on Congress to eliminate the SGR and transition to a high-performing Medicare program. Specifically, the letter urges legislators to establish a payment system that rewards physicians for improving the quality of patient care and lowering the growth rate of health care costs.
The groups also submitted three critical principles for a successful transition:
- Reform of care delivery must be a foundation for transitioning to a high-performing Medicare program that provides patient choice and meets the health care needs of a diverse patient population.
- The Medicare program must invest in and support physician infrastructure that provides the platform for delivery and payment reform.
- Medicare payment updates must reflect costs of providing services as well as efforts and progress on improving quality and managing costs.
Other core elements for the transition also were outlined in the letter.
Read a recent blog post by AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, to learn more.