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Monday, April 14, 2008

TMA TO CONGRESS: NO INCREASE FOR PLANS

As the federal government is starving physicians out of Medicare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced another 3.6-percent payment increase for Medicare Advantage plans. TMA cried foul in a letter to Texans in Congress. “It is blatantly unfair for the federal government to unduly enrich the health plans simply for brokering or repackaging existing medical services,” wrote TMA President Bill Hinchey, MD. “Congress should not allow CMS to authorize any payment updates until a rational physician payment system is designed that reflects the actual costs for physicians of providing medically necessary health services to our patients.” Without congressional action, physicians’ Medicare payments will be cut 10.6 percent on July 1.

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