A return to bipartisan, bicameral efforts to fix the Medicare physician payment system is needed
NEWS FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC (March 28, 2014): The American College of Surgeons is dismayed that House congressional leadership resorted to unreasonable tactics yesterday to pass the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, the 17th short-term patch to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula in the past decade.
This action undermines the collaborative, bipartisan and bicameral efforts of the past year and denies patients the benefits of physician payment reform policy in the SGR Repeal and Medicare Payment Modernization Act (H.R. 4015/S. 2000 – SGR Repeal Act).
We call on the Senate to vote against the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 and for Congress to return to bipartisan, bicameral efforts to resolve budgetary issues and enact the SGR Repeal Act.
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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.
Chantay P. Moye