CHCE Forum: The SGR Fix: A Pathway to Fundamental Physician Payment Reform?

Mar 11, 2015
  • Despite disagreement over how to pay for a repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which adjusts Medicare physician fees to limit spending, many lawmakers seek to discard this flawed policy. Their goal is fundamental reform of physician payment, shifting away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement to other payment models that enhance the quality and efficiency of care. 

    In a new publication released in March, Mathematica senior fellow James Reschovsky unpacks the details of the proposed SGR replacement, including the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and several other payment models (such as accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes) encouraged in the legislation. Reschovsky and a panel of experts discussed these value-based models in a policy forum hosted by Mathematica's Center on Health Care Effectiveness (CHCE). 

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