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Physicians Take SGR Repeal Message to Washington

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 6, 2014

As physicians convene for the AMA's annual advocacy conference, President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, says she remains optimistic that Congress will pass legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, despite the lack of a clear funding plan.


Ardis Dee Hoven

Ardis Dee Hoven, MD,
President of the American Medical Association

With Congress facing an end-of-the-month deadline to repeal the reviled Sustainable Growth Rate, hundreds of the nation's physician organizations on Wednesday intensified their calls for a permanent fix for the funding formula.

Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association, said that more than 600 state and national physicians' organizations sent a joint letter to House and Senate leaders on Wednesday asking them to repeal SGR before the latest temporary delay lapses on March 31 and a mandated 24% cut in Medicare reimbursements kicks in.

The letter was sent as hundreds of physicians descended on Washington, DC, to take part in the AMA's annually national advocacy conference. In addition, physicians from across the country are being asked this week to personally contact their members of Congress and urge them support the legislation, HR 4015 and S 2000, that would repeal the SGR formula and create what the AMA calls "a pathway to developing and implementing new healthcare delivery and payment models to improve the quality and effectiveness of care."

Even with the clock ticking, Hoven told HealthLeaders Media Wednesday that she is optimistic that Congress will get the job done.

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