House floats SGR replacement proposals

After years of debating what system could replace the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician payment , the House of Representatives has floated a bipartisan proposal. The House Energy, Commerce and Health Subcommittee is expected to vote on the proposal today. If approved, the system would allow physician reimbursements to grow 0.5 percent per year between 2014 and 2018 before being replaced with a new quality performance measure that would determine future payments. Congress has been looking for years for a proposal to replace SGR, but has repeatedly postponed doing so. Instead, it has regularly voted in favor of annual "fixes" that rejected the SGR formula. Article


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