Letter to the Editor: Time to Repeal SGR


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This month, Congress has the chance to solve a problem that’s plagued our nation’s seniors physicians for more than a decade: the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), an arcane formula that sets Medicare rates without regard to quality or efficiency.

Congress has continuously failed to provide a solution to this incredibly flawed formula. Unless Congress finds a permanent solution by March 31, patient access to high-quality care will be in peril.

We are closer than ever to a permanent solution. Health care providers across the country have endorsed a plan Congress developed last year to replace this formula with one that benefits patients. The plan will move Medicare to a system that encourages high quality, coordinated, and safer care for our nation’s seniors.

As a Trustee of the American Osteopathic Association, I encourage Senators McCaskill and Blunt to ensure that Congress repeals the SGR and rids the Medicare program of this dreadful policy once and for all.

If you agree that Medicare reform is an important issue affecting our seniors and physicians, I urge you to call Senator McCaskill at (202) 228-6326 and Senator Blunt at (202) 224-8149. If you’d like to learn more about Medicare reform, visit http://everypatientcounts.org/.

Jennie H. Kwon, DO
Brentwood, MO
Board of Trustees
American Osteopathic Association

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