AAFP Statement: AAFP Welcomes Proposal to Repeal SGR, Encourage New Payment Models

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

Janelle Davis
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222

Statement attributable to:
Reid Blackwelder, MD
President, American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes the bicameral, bipartisan proposal to repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate formula on which Medicare physician payment is based and to set the path for rewarding high-quality, patient-centered care.

“In addition to repealing the SGR, the proposal reforms the fee-for-service payment system by encouraging growth of alternative payment models such as the patient-centered medical home. In doing so, it encourages the health care system to focus on the quality of care, not the quantity of procedures or tests performed. Moreover, it encourages comprehensive care management services that are increasingly needed as our population ages and develops multiple chronic conditions. Equally important, the proposal calls for greater accuracy in the value placed on services provided. The proposal supports a health care system the AAFP has long envisioned — one built on a strong foundation of primary care.

“The AAFP has long called for legislation that would work toward these goals. We look forward to working with Congress to understand and refine the details of this proposal and to ensure that elderly and disabled Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality primary medical care in the patient-centered medical home.”

Editor’s Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Blackwelder, contact Janelle Davis, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5222, or jdavis@aafp.org.


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