Medicare Brain Trust Floats SGR Solutions
At the end of the roundtable Sen. Baucus asked the group to create specific short-term and long-term SGR fixes. He gave them 30 days to accomplish the task but cautioned that he wasn't committing to introduce any of their ideas as legislation. I won't be counting the days, but I did make a note on my calendar to check back with the committee.
I don't doubt the Medicare brain trusts' ability to develop some good ideas, but I do doubt Congress's ability to substantially deal with the issue. The SGR problem will be an unwelcome gift to the new Congress that assumes office in January 2013.
'After all,' I can imagine our representatives declare sanctimoniously, 'it would be unfair for a lame duck Congress to deny newly minted representatives a say in this very important matter.'
Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
- Patient Harm Data to Remain on Medicare's Hospital Compare Site
- Quiet ORs Better for Patient Safety
- Tavenner Confirmed as CMS Administrator
- CMS Seeks to 'Rapidly Reduce' Medicare Spending with $1B in Grants
- Building a Better Healthcare Board
- Hard-Nosed About Physician Teamwork
- Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores 'Depressing'
- Case Study: Advance Care Conversations
- Healthcare Leaders Sound Off on Organized Labor
- CMS Releases Hospital Pricing Data