In an e-mail exchange after the committee meeting Bob Doherty, senior vice president of governmental affairs and public policy for the American College of Physicians, said Congress "shouldn't decide now that an extension is the best it can do. The goal should be to enact legislation that eliminates the SGR and begins the transition to a better payment system."
He said the group supports the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act (HR 5707) because it makes progress toward that goal.
The delay proposal by Rep. Burgess seemed to catch by surprise the witnesses, who were there to tout various payment innovations to the House committee. The witnesses, who represented insurers and physician groups, all stated their support for repeal of the SGR but didn't directly address the Burgess proposal.
Physicians advocates have asked Congress for alternatives to the payment scheme.