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Society staff visits with US Reps Ryan, Kind and others in DC

Wisconsin Medical Society CEO Rick Abrams and the Society’s Director of State and Federal Relations Chris Rasch, met with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to help jump start the conversation about finally repealing and replacing the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR). Rich Deem, senior vice president of advocacy for the American Medical Association, also participated in the meeting with Rep. Ryan, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee.

“The meeting with Chairman Ryan was quite productive in moving the conversation forward, but many political and funding obstacles remain,” Rasch said. “The good news is that Chairman Ryan said that he is very committed to repealing and replacing the SGR, and he shared that the starting point with the new Congress will include the SGR policy that was supported by the previous Congress.”

The question that remains is what “payfors” will be acceptable by health care stakeholders, funding groups outside of health care, and members of the Republican-led Senate and House of Representatives.

The current SGR patch funding expires March 31, 2015. Congress must act before then to avoid a cut to physician payments.

While in Washington D.C., Society staff also met with Rep. Ron Kind, newly elected Rep. Glenn Grothman’s staff and attended an event in support of Rep. Reid Ribble.

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