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Monday, January 7, 2008

TMA LAUNCHES MEDICARE FIX PLANS

We’ve already begun the campaign to stop the 10.5-percent Medicare payment cuts now scheduled for June 30 and to win a long-term plan to replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula with a funding scheme that keeps pace with the cost of providing care. “We can’t leave these decisions up to Congress,” U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), said to a packed house at the TEXPAC Grassroots Forum. “Health care begins and ends with doctors, and without doctors it doesn’t happen.” We are developing the “Texas Medicare Manifesto” so Congress and the public will know exactly what we want and why. Be on the lookout later this week for flyers to give to your patients and talking points to engage our senators and representatives while they are still here in Texas for the year-end recess. As Dr. Burgess said, “This requires all hands on deck. We can’t sit back and let someone else do something for us.” By the way, we expect TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, the Medicare carrier for Texas, to post the new 2008 payment schedules early this week.

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