Before taking off for the July 4 recess, the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees released a more detailed legislative framework to repeal Medicare's sustainable-growth rate formula.
On May 28, the Energy and Commerce committee released a draft bill and sought comment from stakeholders until June 10. The revised draft legislation unveiled Friday incorporates that feedback. The bill would repeal the troublesome formula used to calculate payments for Medicare-participating physicians and replace it with a fee-for-service system in which providers would develop quality measures. It would also allow providers the option of leaving the fee-for-service system for other care-delivery models. The latest version of the bill offers a few scenarios for updated payment models.