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The SGR: It's History

By Rich Umbdenstock
April 17, 2015

We are very pleased to say goodbye to the flawed Medicare physician sustainable growth rate formula for many reasons. We’re happy that America’s seniors can continue to have access to the necessary care they need. We’re glad our physician partners will not have their payments cut, and that the new law reforms their payments to reflect the transformation happening in health care that hospitals have already embraced. Finally, we are grateful to you for your leadership in working with legislators to help shape the final bill. It includes not only a permanent SGR fix but needed extension of a number of expiring provisions, including the Medicare-Dependent Hospital program, the rural low-volume adjustment, the rural ambulance add-on, the partial enforcement delay on Medicare’s “two-midnight” policy, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. You made history by helping make sure that the SGR is history.

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid, access

Richard J. Umbdenstock became president and chief executive officer of the American Hospital Association (AHA) on January 1, 2007. Previously, he was the elected AHA Board Chair in 2006. The AHA leads, represents and serves more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 43,000 individual members.

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