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Do we anticipate any poison pill being attached to the bill?
Will the income limits include income from the retirement payouts?
Are we going to be able to overcome any pushback against this bill?

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American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) hosted a live teleforum on March 24 to discuss pending bi-partisan, bi-cameral legislation to replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with a payment system that rewards quality, efficiency and innovation. The $213 billion deal would replace the SGR, as well as provide a two-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Funding for the package would come in part through $70 billion in spending reductions split between cuts to Medicare benefits and reductions in provider payments.

ACEP President Mike Gerardi, MD, FACEP and ACEP Public Affairs Division staff hosted the call and provided details about the SGR repeal legislation, its path through Congress, and how ACEP members can impact the process by contacting your U.S. Senators and Representatives.

Questions from participants included how the new payment system will work with current and future quality reporting programs, what the offsets will be, how other constituencies are reacting to the proposal, and the politics surrounding its passage in the House and Senate.

Please contact Brad Gruehn or Jeanne Slade in the ACEP Washington DC office at 202-728-0610 if you have additional questions.

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