As has been the case for many years, the repeal of the flawed SGR
remains a primary focus of legislative efforts at the start of the year.
sive in the nation, with an estimated $19.6 million in total
expenditures.† Despite representing only a small amount
of the total spent, the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC’s contribution undoubtedly played a role in returning a physician
Overall in the 2014 election cycle, the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC
contributed $1,053,500 to 151 individual candidates, leadership PACs, and party committees. In alignment with
congressional party ratios, 60 percent of these funds were
given to Republicans and 40 percent to Democrats. A
total of 92 percent of PAC dollars were spent on candi-dates/incumbents who successfully won his or her seat.
The song remains the same
Shortly after passage of the $1.014 trillion “Cromnibus”
(so nicknamed because it combines a traditional omnibus
spending bill with a continuing resolution) in December
2014, the House and Senate concluded the legislative business for the 113th Congress and adjourned. Many issues
of importance to surgeons and their patients, including
the following, remain unresolved and are expected to be
high on the legislative agenda of the 114th Congress in the
first quarter of 2015.
As has been the case for many years, the repeal of the
flawed SGR remains a primary focus of legislative efforts
at the start of the year.
In February 2014, Congress reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement for repeal of the SGR formula and overhaul
of the Medicare physician payment system. The SGR Repeal
and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014
(S.2000/H.R.4015), also known as the SGR Repeal Act, was
the product of a yearlong collaborative effort between Congress and key stakeholders, including the ACS. In fact, the
ACS was the only physician group to testify before all three
congressional committees of jurisdiction (House Ways and
Means, House Energy and Commerce, and Senate Finance)
during the process that culminated in the legislation.
†Reilly M. Ami Bera defeats Doug Ose in nation’s most expensive House
race. The Huffington Post. November 11, 2014. Available at: www.huffington-
Accessed January 27, 2015.