HLM: What replaces the SGR?
ADH: What happens is a total repeal. It is my understanding that we will have about three years of payment updates. That is what is being proposed right now by the Ways and Means Committee—of about .5%. That will allow physician practices to stabilize and allow them to begin to move to new alternative payment models such as accountable care organizations, primary care medical homes, bundled payments, and other models of payment around delivery and have that period of transition to these new innovated models of care. That is what is going to replace SGR.
HLM: What should we look for in the coming days and weeks?
ADH: We know the mark ups are going to happen on Thursday. We are going to see the (House) Ways and Means and [Senate] Finance committee beginning to do their final evaluations of amendments and… giving us solid information as to what they are going to propose in their legislation.
HLM: How will we know that this thing is still on track in the coming days and weeks?
ADH: You will see evidence of it fairly soon. You are going to see bipartisan support for this. You are going to see support from the medical communities, [and ]the state and specialty societies as well. You are going to see some bipartisan support financially for how this is going to be managed. That's when we will know it's go on track.