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NEW: SGR “Patch” Included in Budget Deal Legislation
On December 10, U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that a two-year budget deal had been reached. Congressional leaders intend to attach a three-month SGR “patch” to the legislative package, which is scheduled for consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The temporary reprieve would halt the 24 percent cut scheduled for January 1, 2014, and replace it with a .5 percent positive increase. For the latest updates and vote information, follow the AAO-HNS Government Affairs team @AAOHNSGovtAffrs.
AAO-HNS Comments on SGR Repeal Proposals
This year, Congressional leaders identified repeal of the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula as a top legislative priority for 2013. Since then, Congressional committees with jurisdiction over Medicare policy have spent substantial time developing legislation that would repeal the flawed SGR formula and replace it with a new payment system that better incentivizes the delivery of high-quality, efficient healthcare. As an active participant in this process, the AAO-HNS has submitted seven formal comment letters highlighting the possible impact of various proposals on otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and offering suggestions for improving the legislative proposals. The AAO-HNS continues to work closely with key committees while this important effort continues to evolve. Members interested in receiving updates should bookmark this web page or follow the Government Affairs team on Twitter @AAOHNSGovtAffrs.
NEW: (as of 12/10/13) View our comments to the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees.
View our comments to the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees on November 11.
H.R. 2810, legislation to repeal the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, passed (51-0) the House Energy and Commerce Committee on July 31.
View our comments to the House Energy and Commerce Committee from July 11.
View our comments to the House Energy and Commerce Committee from June 10.
View our comments to the Senate Finance committee on May 29.
View our follow-up comments to the House committees from April 24.
View our initial comments to the House committees on February 26.
AAO-HNS State Legislative Tracking Form
With the state legislative season winding down, it is important to remember not all state legislatures are adjourned and special sessions can arise. AAO-HNS members are encouraged to continually monitor their states and to send any requests for Academy action using our new online form.
AAO-HNS Supports ASHA Legislation
On June 12, H.R. 2330, a comprehensive audiology benefit bill, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives with the support of the AAO-HNS. The "support" position of the Academy is the result of many months of discussions between the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the AAO-HNS. However, the decision to support this legislation was not made lightly and represents recognition of the continually changing atmosphere within the healthcare delivery system. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, efforts by the allied health community have intensified to expand federal scope provisions as a means to provide greater "access" across the healthcare system. As a result, AAO-HNS leaders believed it prudent to engage in productive conversations with the audiology community as a means to mitigate any truly egregious attempts at scope expansion. As a result of these negotiations, H.R. 2330 retains physician referral requirements, does not permit direct access, and preserves existing state scope-of-practice laws. Members are encouraged to visit our Legislative and Political Affairs web page or email email@example.com for more information.
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AAO-HNS Action Alerts via the AAO-HNS Advocacy Center:
Urge your Members of Congress to Pass Legislation to Repeal the Flawed SGR
Tell your Members of Congress to support clarity and transparency in healthcare advertisements!
Contact your U.S. Representative and/or Senators today and urge them to support the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)!
Contact your federal legislators TODAY and tell them Congress MUST take action to protect state licensure and preserve team-based healthcare for patients.