Yesterday in a unanimous vote of 51-0, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed H.R. 2810, the “Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act.”
H.R. 2810, the Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013, is a bipartisan effort to transform the Medicare physician payment system in a number of important ways. First and foremost, the bill repeals the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) system and replaces it with a fair and stable system of payments. Instead of looming annual cuts, physicians will be rewarded for the quality of care they provide to Medicare beneficiaries. The legislation also includes new transparency and collaboration requirements to solicit input from expert medical organizations and other groups on the development and selection of quality measures. The bipartisan bill also provides additional avenues for development of new payment and care delivery models. H.R. 2810 was approved by the health subcommittee on July 23, 2013 and passed the full committee by a 51-0 bipartisan vote on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
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