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ACS Launches Grassroots Campaign to Drive Public Awareness on Repealing the SGR

Month-long campaign looks to spark Congressional action on repealing the SGR before April 1


CHICAGO (March 4, 2014): The American College of Surgeons (ACS) in collaboration with several other medical societies has launched a month-long grassroots initiative to build support for a bill that would repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). The medical societies believe that the current bill in Congress, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4015/S. 2000), is the most fiscally responsible way to repair the nation’s broken Medicare system.

Past history has shown that instead of fixing the Medicare physician payment system, Congress has repeatedly passed legislative “patches” to keep the ineffective payment system in place. Over the past 11 years, 16 patches have cost $154 billion—more than the total cost of the SGR repeal bill. 

The campaign urges Senators and Representatives to cosponsor the SGR Repeal Act and calls on them to push congressional leadership to pass this legislation before the April 1 deadline, otherwise, a 23.7 percent cut in the Medicare physician payment rate will take place. The bicameral SGR repeal legislation has bipartisan support and is the best chance for a long-overdue solution to the broken Medicare physician payment system.

The physician community has done its part. We are united around sound policy that stabilizes the Medicare program and transitions to a program based on the quality and value of the care provided rather than the quantity of procedures, services or tests ordered. Now, Congress must act and keep its promise to pass legislation. believes “the time is now for representatives and senators to sign on as co-sponsors so that this important step is taken to build a more sustainable, fair, and efficient Medicare physician payment system. This legislation will help ensure patient access to high quality surgical care.”

For more information on how to support the campaign to repeal the SGR, visit   

A list of all participating medical societies can also be found on the website.

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About the American College of Surgeons (ACS)
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 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


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