Physicians Take SGR Repeal Message to Washington

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , March 6, 2014

AMA: Momentum 'Gathering'
"We continue to be very enthusiastic about repeal," she says. "Clearly the momentum has been gathering over the last several months and we now have a piece of legislation with bicameral bipartisan support that has been supported aggressively by the physician community and has been met with great support by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, which goes to the intent and energy that has been committed to this. The challenge we have now is that there is a time crunch."

"Sometimes they do their best work when there are deadlines facing them. There has been a lot of energy and effort put into this by members of Congress already. We are encouraging them to keep up the conversations and bipartisan work that they have demonstrated they can do on the policy piece of this. So there are great opportunities there, she said"

The legislation repealing SGR appears to have widespread and bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Hoven said that Congress has spent $153.7 billion on 16 previous legislative patches to the SGR formula, far more than the Congressional Budget Office's $138 billion estimate for the cost of a permanent fix over 10 years.

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