Washington – the U.S. House of Representatives has been applauded by “The American Medical Association (AMA) for overwhelmingly passing a long overdue bill that is expected to impose a permanent elimination of the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. This will bring along an efficient and appropriate Medicare payment and delivery reforms that will play a greater role in improving the health of the nation at large.
Despite the fact various arms of people, the likes of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans each played a role towards the achievement of these, Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi are said to have exhibited great leadership and courage into obtaining this bipartisan package.
The Senate has since been urged to take swift action into approving the policy which is expected to be at the President’s desk before the expiry of the current SGR payment which is on the March 31.
The bill, which also includes a two-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program is expected to bring to an end the cycle of Congress passing expensive patches to extend a policy which has been agreed upon as being bad. Word has it that President Obama is likely to sign the legislation.
In the light of the innovative delivery and payment models, there is a higher expectation of better health outcomes of lower costs and improved care quality. It also gives assurance to low-income individuals and families to whom funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers will be extended. This means even children will be able to access quality health care.
President Obama while addressing an event at White House was thankful to all Medical Professionals and any other organization that had enjoined in achievement of the goal of reducing medical care costs and still getting quality of it.
“Strong partnership between the public, private and non – profit making sectors is required so as to achieve improved reforms” Sylvia Burnell who is the Secretary to Health and Human Services stated.