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The SGR repeal: How bad politics ruined sound policy

This article provides details on the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, which delays physician payment cuts resulting from the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and describes the politicking that prevented the passage of alternative legislation—the SGR Repeal Act—which offered a long-term solution to the Medicare physician payment problems.

Campaign to end the SGR gains ground

This Web exclusive summarizes the College’s efforts to promote the enactment of the SGR Repeal Act, what the repeal would mean to surgeons, and provides steps for contacting legislators to voice support for the repeal.

Looking forward – July 2013

This month, Dr. Hoyt highlights the importance of the joint congressional committee proposal to address the complex challenges of Medicare’s payment system as well as the College’s Value-Based Update plan which ideally will replace the flawed sustainable growth rate formula used to calculate reimbursement.

Replacing the SGR: The latest developments in the ACS Value-Based Update proposal

Updates on the College’s Value-Based Update (VBU) proposal are outlined, including efforts to develop additional structure for the plan and obtaining additional feedback from ACS Fellows.


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