Key Provisions of HR 2

Repeals the SGR and ends the annual threat to seniors’ care, while instituting a 0.5 percent payment update each year for 5 years.

Reverses the global payments policy announced in the 2015 PFS Final Rule. CMS wanted to convert all 10- and 90-day global payments to 0-day payments for surgical services; HR 2 prohibits this action.

Streamlines Medicare’s existing quality programs into one value-based performance program. The legislation consolidates the existing Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Value-Based Modifier, and Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) programs, which will remove many of the reporting burdens faced by physicians.

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