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SGR Repeal Momentum May Be Flagging
Posted on: 3/14/2014

Legislation to repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula had finally appeared to be within grasp. Now the bipartisan, bicameral negotiations of recent weeks could be threatened as lawmakers grapple with how to pay for the repeal legislation. Just this morning, the U.S. House passed an amended version of its original SGR repeal proposal (H.R. 4015) that would offset the cost with a five-year delay in implementing the ACA's tax penalties for individuals who do not purchase health insurance. The bill is not expected to see the light of day on the Senate floor.

Unless Congress somehow reaches a deal by the end of this month, the SGR formula will automatically deliver a 24 percent physician payment cut on April 1, 2014

Don't patch it - repeal it!

Congress must sustain this historic momentum and move forward in a bipartisan manner to repeal the SGR for the sake of America's seniors and physicians. 

Lawmakers will return to Washington the last week of March, following a scheduled recess next week. ISMS will keep you informed on any developments as we approach the March 31 deadline.

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