On July 18, the House Energy & Commerce Committee released an updated legislative framework to replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth (SGR) and scheduled consideration of the bill by the Health Subcommittee for Monday, July 22.
The Committee also announced bipartisan bill authorship including Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), Health Subcommittee Vice Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Full Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI).
The Committee stated:
"The policy would get rid of the SGR for an improved fee for service system in which providers report quality measures that will lead to better care in a more efficient manner. Better quality care will lead to better outcomes and put a greater emphasis on efficiency which can lead to cost savings. In addition, providers will have the option of leaving the fee for service system and opt instead for new ways of delivering care that put an even greater emphasis on quality and efficient care, particularly those that can mean more time with patients and more savings to the system."
ASA is currently reviewing the draft legislation.
Read the Energy and Commerce Committee’s news release.
Review the draft legislation.
Review the Committee reform summary.
Review ASA's responses about the proposal: