CHA News Article

Legislation to Repeal SGR Introduced in the House
Bill does not include offsets to pay for $170 billion cost

Legislation to permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for Medicare physician payments was introduced in the House March 19. The legislation is nearly identical to bills that passed House and Senate committees last year, and would increase physician payments by 0.5 percent per year for the next five years. However, the legislation is only a first step in the negotiations to permanently repeal the SGR because it does not include any offsets to pay for the approximate $170 billion cost. CHA remains concerned that hospital cuts will be included in separately introduced legislation to pay for the cost of the “doc fix.” CHA members should continue to contact their representatives to oppose additional payment cuts to hospitals as part of a deal on the SGR. A bill including offsets is expected to be introduced on Monday, along with companion legislation in the Senate. Hospitals should send letters to their representatives by Friday, March 20. For more information, including a draft letter and background materials, see last week’s CHA Advocacy Alert.