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March 26, 2015

AAOS Applauds the House for Passage of SGR Repeal and Replace Bill

Washington, DC—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2, the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act, by a vote of 392 to 37. The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) commends members of Congress for passing the legislation, which permanently repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), ensuring the highest quality of care for Medicare patients and ending the threat of substantial payment cuts in physicians’ Medicare reimbursement.

“The AAOS strongly applauds the House for passing a permanent repeal and replacement of the flawed SGR formula,” stated Frederick M. Azar, MD, President of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). “The SGR has plagued the health care industry for over a decade, and short-term patches have been harmful to the economy and to Medicare patients seeking access to specialties they need. On behalf of the more than 38,000 AAOS members, we appreciate the tremendous effort leadership and committees have put into SGR reform and urge the Senate to pass the legislation before the expiration of the current patch. 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. “We thank Congress for the hard work and continued dedication to finding a viable solution to the flawed formula.”

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