House Republicans release updated proposal to repeal SGR

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House Republican leaders yesterday released a revised proposal  for repealing Medicare’s sustainable growth rate physician payment formula, which has required an annual "doc fix" by Congress for the past several years. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), along with the chairmen of their health subcommittees, are circulating a draft plan that expands on their Feb. 7 proposal  to replace SGR with more "predictable, statutorily-defined" payments based partly on patient experience and development of quality and efficiency measures that evaluate physicians’ performance. The proposal does not specify how Congress would pay for the measure. Lawmakers sent a letter to the "provider community" and asked for input by April 15.

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