BREAKING NEWS: SGR Deal Includes Two of MODDERN Cures Provisions

Patients advocated for MODDERN Cures at RDLA’s Lobby Day last month.  Our advocacy efforts helped move this important legislation:
Last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner agreed on a one-year patch to prevent a drastic cut in physician Medicare payments. The bill, which temporarily suspends the sustainable growth rate (SGR), includes two provisions from MODDERN related to the development of diagnostic tests.

National Health Council Memorandum

To:         Member Liaisons

CC:        GRAG, FDA Issue Team, Health Care Reform/CER Issue Team

From:     Myrl Weinberg, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer

Date:      March 26, 2014

Re:         BREAKING NEWS: SGR Deal Includes Two of NHC’s MODDERN Provisions

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I am very proud to announce that two diagnostics provisions from the National Health Council’s MODDERN Cures Act are on their way to passage by Congress.

Last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner agreed on a one-year patch to prevent a drastic cut in physician Medicare payments. The bill, which temporarily suspends the sustainable growth rate (SGR), includes two provisions from MODDERN related to the development of diagnostic tests.

First, the bill would establish a temporary HCPCS code for advanced diagnostics so that health care providers can quickly begin using new tests, greatly speeding patient access. Second, the bill establishes an expert advisory panel to better determine the payment rates for diagnostic tests. The creation of this panel will be a positive step in demonstrating the value of diagnostics and drive innovation in the field of personalized medicine.

The House is expected to pass the legislation tomorrow, and the Senate will soon follow suit and pass it before March 31, when the current SGR fix expires. Enactment of these two provisions will greatly spur the development of diagnostic tests to identify the right treatments for patients.

Thank you to all of our members who have significantly helped advocate for the MODDERN Cures Act. Passage of these provisions of the SGR agreement will be an important milestone. Rest assured, we will continue to aggressively advocate for passage of the remaining provisions of the MODDERN Cures Act.