Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black is applauding U.S. House passage of what she calls a permanent "Doc Fix" that strengthens Medicare and protects Tennessee Hospitals. Black, a nurse and Gallatin Republican, represents much of the Upper Cumberland.
She says this bipartisan legislation would repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and return stability to Medicare physician payments while also providing needed cost offsets.
"It would repeal the flawed SGR formula that dictates draconian cuts to medicare reimbursements and it does so in a fiscally responsible way that provides important offset savings," Black said.
The measure additionally includes language requested by Congressman Black giving Tennessee providers who treat Medicaid beneficiaries partial access to disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments for the next ten years. Because of TennCare, Tennessee became the only state in the union to be ineligible for this funding.