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House and Senate Committees Approve SGR Proposals; House Passes Budget Bill with 3 Month SGR Fix

Posted on 12/13/2013 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday, the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees approved and reported out their respective bills for the long-term repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Although this process started with unified bicameral, bipartisan language the bills that were reported out of the two committees today are no longer the same. The biggest difference between the two is that the Ways & Means bill includes a 0.5 percent pay increase for doctors and the Finance Committee bill does not. Additionally, neither Committee addressed the offsets that are needed for this legislation and thus, neither of these bills will be enacted this year. Instead, last night the House passed a two year budget deal which included a three month extension of the current SGR formula to give Members additional time to negotiate a full repeal.

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Key Members of Congress Reach Budget Deal; Short Term SGR Fix Could Be Included

Posted on 12/12/2013 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday evening, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-OR) reached a two-year budget agreement in advance of the December 13th deadline. In total, the bipartisan package amounts to $85 billion, which includes about $63 billion to replace the sequestration cuts in 2014 and 2015, and over $22 billion in net deficit reduction. The agreement would set the discretionary spending level for fiscal year 2014 at $1.012 trillion, and $1.014 trillion in FY 2015. In practical terms, if the bill passes and is signed into law, appropriations committees still have to allocate the funds among subcommittees, and the subcommittees have to divide their allocations among their programs. These committees must work fast to come up with appropriations bills in advance of the January 15th deadline, but having a common spending target and budget framework will greatly enhance the likelihood that they can keep the government running and avoid another shut down.

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National Transitions of Care Coalition Adds Healthcare IT Innovations Task Force Member

Posted on 12/10/2013 by NTOCC ® in Press Releases

Vree Health Joins NTOCC Task Force to Consider Technology Solutions for Care Transitions The National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC), an organization dedicated to improving patient transitions throughout the healthcare system, has added a member to its recently established Healthcare IT Innovations Task Force. Vree Health, a provider of technologies that meet the needs of health care providers, payers, and consumers, is the third member of the newly formed group. The Health IT Innovations Task Force initiative and its two founding members, RightCare Solutions and Ankota, were announced in October 2013.

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NTOCC Office Closed December 6

Posted on 12/6/2013 by NTOCC ®

The NTOCC office is closed today, Friday, December 6 due to inclement weather.

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