CONTACT CONGRESS TO SUPPORT SGR REPEAL AND PROMOTE STARK REFORM
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
ASCP Advocates for Immediate SGR Repeal and Promotes Stark Reform to Help Fund It
On Feb. 6, 2014, Congress introduced the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014.”
The bipartisan, bicameral bill would completely repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment update mechanism and replace it with “an improved payment system that rewards quality, efficiency and innovation.” Congress has released two identical versions of this bill in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 4015) and the U.S. Senate (S. 2000). ASCP is thrilled with this unprecedented movement toward SGR repeal!
Nonetheless, while Congress has successfully agreed upon the policy underlying SGR repeal, they have yet to include financial offsets for funding its $126 billion price tag.
Hence, now is the time to advocate for important policies that are capable of generating savings to help pay for SGR repeal.
Accordingly, the pathology community has the opportunity to put forth a critical
dual-advocacy effort: (1a) Promote Stark reform in an effort to stop harmful self-referrals/curb overutilization of anatomic pathology services, and (2a) Fund SGR repeal with the associated cost-savings.
The aim is to yield the following dual-impact:
(1b) Protect patients from harmful self-referrals, overutilization, and unethical billing practices, and
(2b) Secure physician reimbursement.
ASCP STRONGLY ENCOURAGES YOU TO CONTACT CONGRESS, URGING THEM TO:
- Pass SGR Repeal as soon as possible
- Fund SGR Repeal via the cost-savings generated from Stark reform, including the elimination of anatomic pathology services from the In-Office Ancillary Services (IOAS) exception to the Stark law
H.R. 2914, the “Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013 (PIMA),” as soon as possible; if SGR repeal is not possible in the near-term, this will accomplish Stark reform
***You can access our draft letter, customize it to your liking, share it with friends, and send it to Congress through the ASCP eAdvocacy Center via the links below:
To Advocate for Both SGR Repeal
and Stark Reform, click here:
To Advocate for SGR Repeal Only, click here: