Hearing on Developing a Viable Medicare Physician Payment Policy: Patrick Courneya, M.D., of HealthPartners Gives Testimony

The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing examining options for repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and reforming the Medicare physician payment system to reward quality and value. Determining the details of such a system requires close collaboration with physicians and other stakeholders.  The Subcommittee heard from organizations representing those at the forefront of patient care to inform the development of a viable, enduring reform policy that results in high-quality beneficiary care.  The hearing took place on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, at 10:00 A.M.

Witnesses included Patrick Courneya, M.D., medical director, HealthPartners Health Plan; David Hoyt, M.D., executive director, American College of Surgeons; Kim Allan Williams, M.D., past president, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology; Charles Cutler, M.D., chair, Board of Regents, American College of Physicians; and Frank G. Opelka, M.D., vice-chair, Consensus Standards Approval Committee, National Quality Forum.

Dr. Courneya’s testimony is available here.