Call On Congress to Fix the SGR Once and For All

For the past thirteen years, AGA and all of organized medicine have been advocating that Congress repeal the broken sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and replace it with a stable mechanism that provides fair payment to physicians and ensures access to quality care for our nation’s beneficiaries.

Congress has acknowledged the SGR is broken and has had to intervene 16 times since 2002 to prevent steep cuts to physicians and preserve access to care for our seniors. Physicians are once again faced with cuts of nearly 25 percent unless Congress intervenes before March 31, 2014, and there is a real opportunity to permanently fix the SGR.

H.R. 4015/S. 2000, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, bicameral, bipartisan legislation that has passed key congressional committees would eliminate the SGR and transition physicians to a more value-based payment system. The legislation has the support of the entire physician community, the support of Republicans and Democrats, and this is the physicians community’s best opportunity for meaningful reform. 

AGA is collaborating with our allies in the Alliance of Specialty Medicine in setting up a hotline and urges you to call your representatives and senators to urge them to cosponsor and pass the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act (H.R. 4015/S. 2000).

Each specialty has a four-digit specialty code, so please call 866-899-4088 and when prompted, enter 4242 for AGA. 

Congress isn’t going to act unless you do.  Tell them:

  • As a physician and constituent, I urge you to cosponsor and pass the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act” (H.R. 4015/S. 2000). 
  • If Congress does not act, physicians face a cut of nearly 25 percent.
  • A permanent solution, not another short-term fix, is needed.
  • Many of your constituents, and my patients, could lose their access to specialty care if this problem is not addressed.
  • Congress must act now.
  • Please cosponsor H.R. 4015/S. 2000 to permanently repeal Medicare’s dysfunctional payment system.