The American Medical Association pledged its full support for legislation repealing the Medicare sustainable growth-rate physician payment formula. But for now, at least, the AMA is not making any suggestions on how to cover the bill's estimated $126 billion cost.
“Congress can manage this,” Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, AMA president, told reporters during a conference call.
She added that the AMA is adamantly opposed to a nine-month suspension of SGR-driven pay cuts that some lawmakers proposed, including in a bill to raise the national debt ceiling. Doctors will receive a 24% Medicare pay cut if Congress doesn't act by March 31.