Q&A: Ardis Dee Hoven 'Optimistic' SGR Will Be Repealed

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , December 12, 2013

Citing bipartisan support in Congress, Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association, believes a "doc fix," in the form of a total repeal of the sustainable growth rate funding formula for physicians, is imminent.

Ardis Dee Hoven

Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, President of the American Medical Association

After years of lobbying, the American Medical Association may be close to witnessing the repeal of the much maligned Sustainable Growth Rate funding formula for physicians. An amendment in the bipartisan budget deal that emerged this week in Congress calls for repealing the SGR permanently and creating a three-month long bridge to prevent the looming 24% cut to physician Medicare reimbursements.

AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, spoke with HealthLeaders Media on Wednesday about the AMA's latest efforts to repeal the SGR, and why it's different this time around. The following is an edited transcript.

HLM: The AMA has tried unsuccessfully for years to get repeal SGR. What's different this time?

ADH: This time the momentum and bipartisan bicameral support for repealing SGR getting us to a better place is well underway. The collaborative effort, the work that these committees have been doing in terms of listening to us and understanding and incorporating our recommendations into the proposed pieces of the legislation is important and we are appreciative. It started with the [House] Energy and Commerce Committee [which] came out with their bill in late July to get the ball rolling.

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