New bicameral, bipartisan legislation to repeal Medicare's failed SGR formula has been introduced in the U.S. Congress, following an agreement announced by the three committees that voted on separate repeal proposals earlier this session. View a summary of the proposal, as well as a letter from the AMA to Rep. Burgess in support of H.R. 4015/S. 2000, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014. Another letter from the AMA and 111 state and specialty medical societies was sent to the House and Senate in opposition of continuing the cycle of short-term payment patches.
As Congress considers solutions for repealing Medicare's failed SGR formula, amplifying the physician voice on the issue is critical. Please take action by sending an email or calling your lawmakers via the AMA's Physicians Grassroots Network (PGN) hotline at (800) 833-6354Please convey the following points to your representative and senators:
- Tell Congress it is time to pass H.R. 4015/ S. 2000;
- The SGR formula is widely acknowledged to be a policy failure. The SGR has forced Congress to intervene 16 times since 2003 to prevent steep payment cuts and preserve seniors’ access to care;
- Now a bipartisan, bicameral process involving three Congressional committees has produced agreement on a new policy framework that repeals the SGR and establishes a path toward a higher-performing Medicare program;
- Repealing the SGR is the fiscally responsible choice. More money has been spent on short-term interventions that supported this failed policy than the cost of the legislation pending in Congress today;
- It is time to establish new payment methods that will support the health care delivery systems that Medicare patients and American taxpayers deserve;
- Congress must seize this opportunity and act before March 31, when the SGR calls for a 24 percent across-the-board cut in Medicare physician payments.
Be sure to visit FixMedicareNow.org for the latest information and resources on the AMA's campaign to engage physicians, patients and policymakers in the effort to repeal the flawed Medicare SGR formula and achieve reform that will transform Medicare into an effective, 21st century model of care.
The AMA and the Physicians' Grassroots Network (PGN) have unveiled a new grassroots mobile application to aid physicians’ ability to influence Congress. This new app has been designed to not only assist you while visiting Capitol Hill, but also serve as an advocacy tool when interacting with legislators back home.
- An interactive Capitol Hill office directory with office location numbers, phone, fax and additional contact information for your US Representative and Senators.
- A built-in email and phone action alert tool which will be functional year round so that you can respond to the latest activity on Capitol Hill.
- Access to timely talking points on our most critical issues and a real-time online feedback form to report back on your interactions with legislators.
Download the app today and stay tuned for additional features and updates in 2013!