• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

Docs Endorse Senate Health Care Bill, With a Warning « The Washington Independent

The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest doctors lobby, today put its weight behind the health reform bill likely to pass the Senate this week. But in its letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the group also warns that reform will be incomplete until Congress addresses the flawed funding formula that dictates Medicare payments to physicians.

The AMA firmly supports critical aspects of the bill that expand access to health insurance coverage, reform insurer practices, implement administrative simplifications, and promote wellness and prevention. … However, there is still work to be done. [...]

[B]efore any health reform effort, including this one, will prove successful, Congress must address Medicare’s fatally flawed physician reimbursement formula, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). This bill relies heavily on the Medicare program to drive changes in provider and patient behavior in the health care system as a whole. However, delivery reforms and incentive policies will not effectively function while the SGR is still in place.

This is a stronger endorsement than the one AMA gave to the House bill earlier in the year, when the group hinged its support for health reform on an accompanying elimination of the SGR formula. That proposal passed the House last month, but Senate lawmakers killed a similar measure a month earlier because the $245 billion cost wasn’t paid for.

Recognizing that a permanent doc-fix isn’t happening this year, AMA decided not to attach the same condition to its endorsement of the Senate bill. Instead, it attached a warning: Congress — which recently approved a 60-day patch preventing Medicare payment cuts to docs as part of its defense spending bill — must return early next year with plans to provide a permanent solution to the perennial problem.

Physicians, and increasingly patients, are rapidly losing faith in the ability of Congress to address this critical issue. It is for that reason that the AMA will oppose efforts to apply temporary band-aids beyond the 60-day extension included in the FY 2010 Defense appropriations bill. Congress must replace the SGR early next year in order to achieve the access, payment and delivery reform goals envisioned by H.R. 3590. We will not support a final Conference Report without a clear pathway for passage of a permanent repeal of the SGR formula early next year.

The doc-fix issue leaves Democrats in the awkward position of having to return to health care next year just a few weeks after they’re likely to enact the most expansive health reforms in 44 years.

Discussion & Comments (0)

    Recent Articles

    • Things You Should Know about North America

      Things You Should Know about North America

      Get to know more about North America.

    • Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Paula Seling's experience on the Eurovision stage led her to declare that "Eurovision is an unpredictable contest". Which may explain the success of the young Lena from Germany, about whom the predictions before the event did not offer much chances for victory.

    • VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      Have you ever contemplated creating a user-friendly site dedicated to sports-related free live streaming channels?

    • Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia users are able to watch thousands of videos and other contents online. XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia New is a piece of software that enables people to watch videos online without having to pay for memberships. On a graphics card, the XNXubd also provides some of the best gaming and virtual reality experiences.

    • Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      A new edition of the Video Editor Apk for xVideostudio.Video Studio has all the latest features, including support for multiple video download formats in HD, FHD, and even 4K resolutions.

    • 9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      Masturbation is a common activity for men and women. It's a natural and risk-free way to explore your body, experience pleasure, and release sexual tension.

    • Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Without having to sign up or pay anything, you can watch movies online for free with SFlix. It has more than 10,000 movies and television shows.

    • Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is a rapper from the United States. Leray started publishing songs to SoundCloud in 2014, and in 2018 she released her breakthrough track "Huddy" as well as her first mixtape, Everythingcoz.

    • Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Are you in a bind and looking for a place to obtain free mp3 songs? Never again will you need to bother, since this article has everything necessary to obtain your solution. Download free music from MyfreeMP3.com, one of the world's most popular websites.