The Road to SGR Repeal
On Tuesday, April 14, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), by a vote of 92-8. The bill previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a broad bipartisan margin (392-37) on March 26. This landmark legislation includes provisions addressing several of the AAO-HNS’ legislative priorities, including:
• Permanent repeal of the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula used to determine payments to physicians under the Medicare program;
• Rescission of the new CMS policy to transition all 10- and 90-day global payment codes to 0-day codes by 2018; and
• Consolidation of current performance-based programs (PQRS, VBM, and EHR MU) into a unified Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
With the President expected to quickly sign H.R. 2, the AAO-HNS is prepared to work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Congress, if necessary, to ensure the new payment policies set forth in H.R. 2 are implemented as intended.
Click here to review a section-by-section summary of H.R. 2.
Click here to review a summary of the payment provisions included in the bill.
This major legislative victory is the result of years of unrelenting advocacy from the medical community, and tireless grassroots involvement from our members—especially over the last month. Thank you to the AAO-HNS members who acted on the Academy’s “Call to Action” and contacted their Members of Congress. Your voice was heard!