By Elise Viebeck - 06/28/13 08:44 PM EDT
Lawmakers have doubled down on their effort to reform the system since the Congressional Budget Office unexpectedly slashed its cost estimate for repealing the SGR by more than $100 billion.
The proposal from Upton and his Ways and Means panel counterpart, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), would move Medicare away from its fee-for-service payment model by working to reward doctors for quality and efficiency.
Providers would not be required to participate in alternative payment models, however, a point of criticism for some stakeholders.
Leaders have expressed optimism that a more permanent fix will come this year.