When Congress replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for how clinicians got their annual raises and bonuses (and penalties), they replaced it with a system where clinicians had to meet certain quality measures, make improvements to their practices, use technology to aid the patient experience, etc. Now kicking off it’s second year of this very different approach to physician payments, CMS is asking for suggestions. In this letter, SYNGAP asks CMS to recognize that clinicians will not always have quality measures for rare and ultra rare diseases, their costs may be greater to treat our patients, and practice improvements or technology adoption for just a few patients may be more difficult to implement. The system should not fail those clinicians who are treating ultra rare patients. SYNGAP recommends some common sense changes for CMS to adopt related to how clinicians can still get their raises and bonuses when treating rare and ultra rare patients.
Please email Monica Weldon at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions and/or would like to sign this letter by August 20.