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Q&A: Ardis Dee Hoven 'Optimistic' SGR Will Be Repealed

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 12, 2013

HLM: Will any of this happen by the end of the year?

ADH: The cut of 24% that we would normally experience this year would go into effect on Jan. 1. We know that Ways and Means is proposing a bridge of three months, which is really a pathway to get us to repeal. We want them to get it correct and make sure that all the 'I's are dotted and the 'T's are crossed. We are very supportive of this bridge period to get us to the permanent repeal.

We know that during that bridge there will be a .5% payment update for the three months and then starting with the calendar year, the new proposal would go into place. Things are actually stabilized. The plans are in place. Members will go home for the holidays. They will return and continue to complete their work.

HLM: What are the biggest threats to the SGR repeal?

ADH: The threats are getting less and less as the days go by. From my perspective there aren't any significant threats out there at this point. The important thing is not just repealing SGR but getting the elements changed that we felt strongly about. We have already seen that happen with pieces around the quality reporting issues, the payment for care coordination services, and development and implementation of alternative payment models. These sorts of things we have already worked significantly through with Congress.

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