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Discussion Draft: SGR Repeal and Medicare Physician Payment Reform

The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula – the mechanism that ties physician payment updates to the relationship between overall fee schedule spending and growth in gross domestic product (GDP) – is fundamentally broken. Although originally introduced as a mechanism to contain the growth in spending on physicians’ services, a decade of short-term “patches” has frustrated providers, threatened access for beneficiaries, and created a budgetary dilemma from which Congress has struggled to emerge. Unless Congress acts by January 1, physician payments will be cut by approximately 24.4 percent in 2014. Over the last decade, Congress has spent nearly $150 billion on short-term SGR overrides to prevent pending cuts. 
The 113th Congress has brought renewed commitment to repealing and replacing the flawed SGR update mechanism. This effort has been helped by the significantly reduced Congressional Budget Office score for a freeze of physician payments over the next ten years ($139 billion) and the bipartisan proposal reported out by the House Energy & Commerce Committee in July. Building on that effort, this bipartisan, bicameral discussion draft from the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees seeks to move away from the current volume-based payment system to one that rewards quality, efficiency, and innovation. 
The proposal would permanently repeal the SGR update mechanism, reform the fee-for-service (FFS) payment system through greater focus on value over volume, and encourage participation in alternative payment models (APM). The revised FFS system would freeze current payment levels through the ten-year budget window, while allowing individual physicians and other health care professionals (subsequently referred to collectively as “professionals”) to earn performance-based incentive payments through a compulsory budget-neutral program. By combining the current quality incentive programs into one comprehensive program, this proposal would further value-based purchasing within the overall Medicare program while maintaining and improving the efficiency of the underlying structure with which professionals are already familiar.

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House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee

Source: Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
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Managing Populations, Maximizing Technology

This report supports primary care clinicians in their efforts to adopt a population health approach that leverages health IT solutions. The report titled, “Managing Populations, Maximizing Technology: Population Health Management in the Medical Neighborhood,” offers a first-time, comprehensive view of health IT-enabled population health management that is built on a foundation of the patient-centered medical home, and further extends into the medical neighborhood. The report serves as an essential primer for physicians and practices that are considering partnerships with a broad range of organizations in their community using health IT to help deliver population health.

Many providers are already working with neighboring medical providers in an integrated and coordinated manner, but should also engage with schools, employers, public health agencies, faith-based organizations, and others in order to provide the level of person-centered care that is essential to improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. A relatively new term, the medical neighborhood is centered around the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), which serves as an individual’s primary care “hub.” The medical neighborhood is even more inclusive, connecting primary care practices to hospitals, home health agencies, mental health providers, as well as community organizations that encourage healthy living, wellness, and safe environments. While strengthening the medical neighborhood requires significant efforts in governance and community organizing, the guide emphasizes that the widespread adoption of health IT will be critical to its success.

The guide presents an overview of the population health approach, and provides a number of health IT tools that are embedded in the five key attributes of the PCMH and medical neighborhood. It also includes a recommended “Top Ten List” of health IT-based population health management tools, including:

  • Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
  • Patient registries
  • Health information exchange
  • Risk stratification
  • Automated outreach
  • Referral tracking
  • Patient portals
  • Telehealth / telemedicine
  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Advanced population analytics

Population Health Management in the Medical Neighborhood


Shaljian, M. Nielsen, M. Managing Populations, Maximizing Technology: Population Health Management in the Medical Neighborhood. Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (2013).

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