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Energy and Commerce Republicans Release Draft SGR Reform Language

May 31, 2013—House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans May 28 released draft legislation to reform the Medicare physician payment system by repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, enacting a period of predictable and stable updates, and moving towards payment models that reward physicians for care quality and efficiency. 

The unveiling of the draft legislation, which incorporates feedback from health care provider stakeholders, was the latest in a series of House Republican draft proposals and hearings focused on replacing the SGR and transforming the Medicare physician payment system [see Washington Highlights, April 19].

In a statement, Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said, “Unveiling our committee’s draft legislation is an important milestone in our thoughtful, collaborative efforts to repeal SGR. We are working to restore certainty, fiscal sanity, and we will responsibly pay for these reforms.  We have made great progress, and the committee continues to seek stakeholder input as the legislative framework evolves.”

While previous SGR reform activities in the 113th Congress had been a joint effort, Ways and Means Republicans did not participate in the release of the draft, but Chairman Upton clarified the Energy and Commerce Committee’s desire to continue collaborating. He said, “We will continue working closely with Ways and Means Committee Chairman Camp as well as maintain our ongoing dialogue with committee Democrats as we work toward long-term solutions in the effort to improve quality of care.”

The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health has scheduled a hearing for June 5, and additional stakeholder comments and feedback are due June 10.


Len Marquez
Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-862-6281


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