SGR Repeal Under Way; More Changes Coming

Physician payment reform is already here and more is on the way

Thomas C. Barber, MD; Matthew Twetten, MA; Elizabeth Fassbender; and Catherine Boudreaux, MPP

On July 31, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee voted 51 to 0 to approve HR 2810, “The Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013.” If approved or incorporated into other federal legislation, this bill would accomplish what has long been thought impossible in health policy circles—the full repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for determining Medicare payments to physicians and other healthcare providers.

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