Sen. Chris Murphy and Southwest CHC celebrate the 'Doc Fix' Bill!
April 27, 2015
Hartford, CT - On beautiful Spring morning, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and Southwest Community Health Center President/CEO Katherine S. Yacavone joined the St. Francis Hospital community in celebrating the approval of the ‘doc fix’ bill by Congress. The bill has many provisions. Most notably, it fixes the “sustainable growth formula” (SGR) which was the algorithm for setting doctors fees for Medicare services. These fees were tied to economic growth. In recent years the SGR would have resulted in pay decreases to doctors were it not for congress making a temporary fix each year to prevent the cuts. This bill has now permanently fixed the problem. It will maintain full reimbursement levels to doctors for their Medicare patients.
In addition, the bill extends funding to community health centers, and also the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP; HUSKY in CT) for 2 years. The bill also provides continued funding for National Health Service Corps and Teaching Health Centers, both of which are critical recruitment tools for federally-qualified health centers. This funding would have expired on September 30th had the bill not been passed. Watch the video below to see what Senator Murphy and Katherine S. Yacavone had to say about the passage of the ‘doc fix’ bill!