home > News and Publications > Publications
Congress Must Seize the Opportunity to Repeal SGR by March 31
Posted on: 3/7/2014

With bipartisan bills on the table, Congress has never been closer to fixing Medicare's broken payment system, but they must act now.

That's why ISMS has joined with more than 600 state and national medical societies to urge lawmakers to pass H.R. 4015/S. 2000, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014.

This legislation would repeal and replace Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and shore up Medicare funding for the long term. Doctors and patients have endured this fiscally irresponsible payment mechanism for more than 12 years.  During that time, Congress has enacted 16 temporary payment "patches," totaling over $153 billion, in order to prevent severe payment reductions to physicians.  

Unless Congress acts, the flawed SGR formula will again generate a huge cut to physician reimbursement on April 1 - to the tune of a 24 percent reduction! Now is the time for Congress to permanently reform the payment system and stabilize Medicare for America's seniors.

THANK YOU to the hundreds of ISMS physicians who responded to this week's legislative alert to urge their lawmakers to repeal the SGR, and to Sangamon and Lake County Medical Societies who further advanced the call for activism to their constituencies.

CALL TO ACTION: If you haven't already done so, contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators Durbin and Kirk; urge them to pass SGR repeal legislation NOW.

View Full Site View Mobile Site