More than 750 organizations joined the American Medical Association (AMA) to call on Congress to pass legislation that would permanently eliminate Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. In a letter to House and Senate leadership, the groups urged policymakers to pass the bipartisan, bicameral framework developed last year.
“We made significant progress in the previous Congress to find common ground for a Medicare fix that would establish a clear pathway for developing and implementing new health care delivery and payment models that improve quality, coordinate care and reduce costs,” said AMA President Robert M. Wah, MD. “It would be a shame to once again let that solution, which took many months to develop, go to waste. We remain optimistic that our collective voices will make a difference and that Congress will finally act on eliminating the SGR. It’s time to end this annual game of kicking the can down the road that is unfair to patients and physicians and wastes taxpayer dollars.”
"It’s time to end this annual game of kicking the can down the road that is unfair to patients and physicians and wastes taxpayer dollars.”