MEDPAC recommendations are “too severe to providers.”
gress as a whole should act on it or forward it to the supercommittee for consideration. But timing of the first-time recommendations was not designed to coincide with the work of the debt panel, he said.
The supercommittee is expected to use such existing cost-savings proposals in its final package, according to numerous congressional sources interviewed in recent weeks, primarily because such options already have established savings attributed to them.
But providers and their advocates already were maneuvering late last week to remove the MedPAC offsets as a viable option, even as they continued to push for SGR repeal.
“If I were on the supercommittee, I would be looking for ideas that were vetted and had bipartisan support,” Michael Regier, general counsel for VHA, told Modern Healthcare after the MedPAC vote.
What ideas would meet those criteria remain unclear, as two leading hospitalbacked offsets—raising Medicare’s eligibility age and medical liability reform—face sharp partisan divisions.
Schwartz agreed in an interview that the MedPAC recommendations are “too severe to providers.”
She plans to introduce legislation later this year to specify a way to pay for permanent repeal of the SGR but, for now, she and many provider groups lack any popular alternatives to pay for it.