Republicans and Democrats in the House have worked together to draft a bill.
The draft bill — an “advanced legislative framework — would replace the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system for setting Medicare doctor reimbursement system with a new system that would try to take both quality and efficiency into account.
A team at the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee developed the draft, and the subcommittee is planning to mark up the draft Monday.
Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, a medical doctor who is te vice chairman of the subcommittee, led the drafting effort.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats have put out a statement calling the effort to draft the bill a “careful and bipartisan process” that used a “transparent process” to involve both lawmakers and stakeholder organizations.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the highest ranking Democrat on the full committee, said in the statement that the bill is a “work in progress” that could be improved.
“But I believe we already have a stronger product because of our joint effort,” Waxman said.