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ACS Testifies Before Congress on Medicare


David Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director of the ACS, spoke on Medicare payment reform during a July 18 House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing. The goal of the hearing was to explore possible options for replacing the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that is used to calculate Medicare reimbursement. Largely because of the SGR, a 27.5 percent cut in Medicare physician payments is scheduled to take effect January 1.

Witnesses and members of Congress at the hearing strongly agreed that the SGR should be replaced. Dr. Hoyt shared the College’s experience with quality programs and discussed the framework of the College’s draft SGR replacement proposal, the Value Based Update. Click here to view his statement.

On July 11, Frank Opelka, MD, FACS, Associate Medical Director of the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, represented the College at a Senate Finance Committee Roundtable on this same issue.

The meeting, titled "Medicare Physician Payments: Perspectives from Physicians," gave members of Congress a chance to hear the physician community’s suggestions for reforming the Medicare physician payment system, while encouraging health care providers to deliver high-quality, high-value health care.

Representatives from the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Cardiology, and American Society of Clinical Oncology also participated in the meeting, which was the third in a series devoted to the Medicare physician payment system. Click here to learn more about what ACS is doing to help Congress fix the broken Medicare reimbursement system. Click here to view Dr. Opelka’s statement.

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