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April 15, 2015

ACCC Applauds Historic Vote Repealing Medicare's SGR

Congressional action supports stability; ends 13 years of uncertainty for providers and cancer patients

Rockville, Md.—ACCC applauds the 92 Senators and 392 House members who voted “yes” on H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. This bipartisan, bicameral compromise took remarkable leadership on both sides of the aisle and finally provides physicians with the predictable, appropriate payments they need to continue to provide high-quality cancer care.

"Last night’s historic 92-8 vote by the U.S. Senate is a long-awaited critical step in the right direction, restoring stability for physicians serving Medicare patients in communities across the country," said ACCC President Steven L. D’Amato, BSPharm, BCOP. "ACCC thanks the legislators in both houses who voted in support of SGR repeal. We also salute our ACCC members for their persistent, multi-year advocacy efforts on behalf of SGR reform."

In recent weeks, ACCC members were on Capitol Hill making more than 80 visits with congressional and committee staff as Congress negotiated the bill, and sent hundreds of letters to members of Congress urging support of H.R. 2.

After 13 years of uncertainty and 17 short-term "doc fix" patches to prevent severe annual cuts to physician payments, H.R. 2 finally brings an end to the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) once and for all.

ACCC looks forward to working with our members to effectively implement the bill and transition towards a new future for physician reimbursement.

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The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is the leading advocacy and education organization for the multidisciplinary cancer care team. More than 23,000 cancer care professionals from over 2,000 hospitals and practices nationwide are affiliated with ACCC. It is estimated that 65 percent of the nation's cancer patients are treated by a member of ACCC. Providing a national forum for addressing issues that affect community cancer programs, ACCC is recognized as the premier provider of resources for the entire oncology care team. Our members include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators and medical directors, senior hospital executives, practice managers, pharmacists, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, social workers, and cancer program data managers. For more information, visit ACCC's website at Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and read our blog, ACCCBuzz.

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