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SGR Repeal Plea Backed by 110 Physician Groups

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2012

The groups are urging Congress to act on these points:

  • Reform of the care delivery system is necessary to transition to "a high performing Medicare program that provides patient choice and meets the healthcare needs of a diverse patient population."
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services "must invest and support physician infrastructure that provides the platform for delivery and payment reform."
  • Payment "should reflect costs of providing services as well as efforts and progress on quality improvement and managing costs."
  • Transition should reflect diversity of physician practices and provide opportunity for physicians to choose payment models that work for their patients practice, specialty and region.
  • Payment should include "incentives and rewards during a defined timetable, instead of using penalties to order abrupt changes in care delivery.
  • Payment should include a way to measure progress and show policymakers that physicians are taking accountability for quality and costs.
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