The NCMS will be analyzing pending health care system reform legislation in the House and Senate, and will provide members a complete analysis online at http://www.ncmedsoc.org/ after Thanksgiving. NCMS members are also invited to provide their comment on the Doctor to Doctor Blog at http://www.ncmedsoc.org/blog/.
US House Passes Bill to Repeal the SGR
By a vote of 243-183, the US House passed HR 3961—Medicare Physician Payment Act on Thursday. The bill repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and provides an MEI, or Medicare Economic Index, update for 2010 instead of a 21 percent Medicare physician payment cut. It also eliminates all SGR debt accumulated over the years because of temporary, unfunded fixes, and it establishes updates based on two new targets with significantly higher spending growth allowances than the SGR. The NCMS has supported repeal of the SGR and urged members of the NC Congressional Delegation to support legislation that will fix the broken Medicare physician payment system. The House action is considered a significant first step toward overall health care system reform. The Senate must now act quickly to prevent the cuts before they begin on January 1. To see how your representative voted, go to: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll909.xml.
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