Academy Presses Congress for SGR Fix
Ophthalmologists are confronted by heightened Medicare reimbursement challenges that could substantially harm the profession and patient access to care. Physicians face a 27 percent Medicare physician pay cut on Jan. 1, caused by the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which universally is considered to be faulty.
The cost of an SGR fix, now more than $300 billion, rises with each stop-gap measure enacted by Congress, making further delay fiscally irresponsible. Fixing Medicare’s broken physician payment formula now, instead of later, ensures that beneficiaries can keep their doctors and avoids adding even more to Medicare spending and the national debt.
The Academy is working with the AMA and other physician groups to make sure that Congress understands how the proposal could intensify existing access threats and the unintended consequences that could raise cost of care for Medicare and beneficiaries.
What can you do?
- Hold Congressional candidates accountable on this issue
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