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August 1, 2013

TO: LCMS MEMBERS

UPDATES FROM:

THE FLORIDA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION(FMA)DAILY DOSE NEWSLETTER
SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE (SGR) VOTE BY HOUSE

Earlier today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed HR 2810, the “Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act,” by a vote of 51-0. This legislation repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR) and provides for a five-year period of stability while a new quality reporting program is developed. The bill provides for updates of 0.5 percent and the ability to earn additional updates under the new reporting requirement beginning in 2019. The bill also creates a pathway for the implementation of new and innovative delivery and payment models.

HR 2810 reflects progress from previous versions of the legislation, but outstanding concerns remain that must be addressed. These include ensuring the updates are adequate to keep pace with inflation, that new reporting systems are fair and not overly burdensome, and that funds are not drained from the physician pool through the elimination of budget neutrality requirements. The AMA will continue to engage with Congress as this bill moves through the legislative process to ensure these issues are addressed.

On Tuesday, the AMA sent a letter to Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Waxman expressing appreciation for their efforts and encouraging the committee to report the bill favorably with the understanding that more work is needed to address outstanding concerns.

PROPOSAL WOULD RAISE COST OF MEDICAL RECORDS REQUESTS
The Daily Dose thanks FMA Council on Medical Services and Health Care Delivery Innovation Vice Chairman Christopher Pittman, M.D., for sharing this interesting tidbit from the Tampa Bay Business Journal: The Florida Board of Medicine will consider a proposal that would sharply increase the cost of a request for medical records. If approved, physicians and other health-care providers would be allowed to charge patients $1 a page for copies of their records. The cost of electronic copies would be the same as the cost of paper copies. The Florida Consumer Action Network says the new charges are “excessive” and opposes the measure.

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