Plan to fix Medicare doctor payment gains some steam

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., garnered some support Tuesday for his plan to solve the Medicare physician payment issue. Revised cost estimates for addressing the problem could help after the Congressional Budget Office lowered the projected price tag to $138 billion over the next 10 years from $245 billion. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (2/27)

ACG note: ACG was recently invited to meet with congressional committee staff from the House of Representatives Committees on Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce to discuss repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and reforming the Medicare reimbursement system. ACG believes that if Congress chooses to repeal SGR with a reimbursement system based on quality reporting, specialty societies should be looked to when defining what is considered “quality of care.” These measures will be more clinically meaningful and will improve patient outcomes.