Permanent Doc Fix is Good News for Seniors in Medicare

2013-12-12T15:42:00+00:00December 12th, 2013|News Archives 2013|

News Release

December 12, 2013

Each year, America’s seniors and their doctors wait and watch while a flawed formula passed by Congress more than a decade ago threatens double-digit cuts to Medicare physicians. This Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is clearly inadequate, and today’s House and Senate Committee votes to repeal it mark an important first step to improve Medicare payments to doctors while preserving seniors’ access to their trusted physicians. Replacing the current volume-based payment system with one that bases payments on the quality and efficiency of care is good news for seniors and for the Medicare program overall.

More work remains to be done as the House and Senate continue their efforts to find ways to pay for this legislation. Our top priority is to ensure those costs are not shifted to seniors in Medicare, half of whom live on incomes of less than $22,500 per year and already face high out-of-pocket health care costs.”…Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO

The National Committee’s letter to the Senate Finance Committee is here.

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