Larson on Major Step Towards Permanent Fix to Medicare Physician Payment System
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the House Committee on Ways & Means voted in favor of a permanent solution to fix the broken Medicare physician payment system. Larson, along with the full committee, voted in favor of the “Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013”, H.R. 2810:
“Today, the Ways and Means Committee took a positive step towards replacing the flawed SGR formula. By working together to pass this in committee, we are moving towards a sustainable payment structure that will benefit both our healthcare community and most importantly, patients. Not only does this bill provide a fix to the flawed payment system, it also builds on existing efforts to improve the quality and coordination of care for patients.
“Shortly, the House will vote on a three month patch to ensure physicians do not see large reductions at the end of this year. It is my hope that during this time, the bipartisan and bicameral spirit can continue as we seek to once and for all address this longstanding problem.”