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March 19, 2015

AAOS Applauds Congress for Introducing SGR Repeal and Replace Bill

Washington, DC— The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) applauds Congress for introducing the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015. AAOS is still looking at the details of the legislation, but appreciates the hard work and hard decisions that have been made to bring a bipartisan proposal forward that permanently repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula in a patient-centric way. AAOS urges Congress to pass a permanent solution before the current patch expires.

“The AAOS commends congressional leadership for introducing legislation to permanently repeal and replace the SGR formula,” stated Frederick M. Azar, MD, President of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. “We appreciate the tremendous effort leadership and committees have put into SGR reform and urge Congress to pass the legislation before the expiration of the current patch. Short-term patches have subjected patients and doctors to uncertainty each year and permanently repealing the payment formula is the only fiscally responsible way toward a higher performing Medicare program.”

“A permanent fix of the SGR formula is essential in ensuring Medicare’s solvency and improving care delivery,” stated Thomas C. Barber, MD, Chair of the AAOS Council on Advocacy. “Continuing the reckless system of patch after patch is harmful to the economy and to Medicare patients seeking access to specialties they desperately need. The AAOS has worked closely with leadership and committees on drafting legislation that ensures the highest quality of care for Medicare patients, reduces reporting and other administrative burdens, provides needed flexibility for physicians, and allows for medical specialty input in development of quality measures. Based on our current understanding of the bill, AAOS commends members of Congress for this legislation and urges them to enact a permanent solution before the current patch expires.”

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