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Congress Repeals Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate

Congress Repeals Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate

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Congress Repeals Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate

  1. 1. CONGRESS REPEALS MEDICARE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE AppaRao Mukkamala
  2. 2. Congress Repeals Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate • Born and initially educated in India before completing his training in the United States, radiologist Dr. AppaRao Mukkamala now serves as chair emeritus of the Department of Radiology at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. An active professional, Dr. AppaRao Mukkamala maintains membership in the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.
  3. 3. Congress Repeals Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate • In late March of 2015, members of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) met for the organization’s annual Legislative Day and Reception on Capitol Hill . As part of the program of events, delegates expressed thanks to the US Congress for its majority vote to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which would have reduced practitioner fees had spending for physicians exceeded a predetermined target.
  4. 4. Congress Repeals Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate • The repealed bill will instead be replaced with annual updates through 2019, after which time the federal government will offer incentives for practitioners who participate in alternative payment systems. A merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) will also commence in 2019 and replace previously implemented quality-based compensation programs.The change in fee structure will officially begin in June of 2015, the Senate having passed the bill by a vote of 92-8 on April 14.

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