On Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and Joe Heck, DO (R-NV) filed the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act to repeal the SGR and to create what they called "a clear path toward comprehensive reforms of Medicare payment and delivery systems."
"There is no single greater threat to the long-term solvency of Medicare and seniors access to healthcare than the broken Medicare payment system, or SGR. Each year, healthcare practitioners are faced with devastating cuts that could make it nearly impossible for them to continue providing care for Medicare beneficiaries. And each year Congress has avoided coming up with a serious solution to this problem," Heck said in a media release touting the bill.
"This bill is that solution. Our seniors and their healthcare providers deserve a program that is immune to Congressional dysfunction and that would provide stability by replacing the currently flawed formula with a system that promotes efficient, cost-effective healthcare."
The bill would: