There is an escalating need to curtail rising expenditures on health care, of which the payment of physicians, and expenses controlled or influenced by physicians, are key drivers.
The National Commission on Physician Payment Reform was formed to assess how and how much doctors get paid, as well as potential impacts of proposed healthcare payment models such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), patient-centered medical homes and value-based purchasing. The Commission adopted 12 recommendations for reforming physician payment that help constrain costs and optimize care.
The Commission has re-issued its report in September 2014 in order to urge Congress to continue their work toward a repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate.
The Commission issued its recommendations on how to reform the physician payment system in March 2013.
Read the full report and watch the March 4, 2013 Capitol Briefing.
September 24, 2014: an op-ed on the SGR Fix, written by former Sentor Bill Frist and Steven Schroeder, MD was published today in The Hillread it here
Commission Calls for Phasing Out Fee-For-Service Pay Within Five Years
Panel Seeks Cost-Conscious Changes to Improve Patient Care Through Reform of Physician Payment System; Calls for Eliminating Stand-Alone, Fee-For-Service by the End Of The Decade.