Thursday, November 19, 2009
Congress returns tomorrow from its Veterans Day recess with two big health system reform items on its pre-Thanksgiving plate. TMA joined AMA and more than 100 national specialty and state societies (PDF) in calling on the House to pass HR 3961. The bill would stop the 21-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payments scheduled for Jan. 1. It would replace the SGR with a new formula that is still based on general inflation rates. It also would set future payment rate changes separately for evaluation and management services and for procedural codes. House passage of HR 3961 is critical if a permanent SGR fix is going to be included in Congress’ final health reform package. Across the rotunda, U.S. Senate leaders are scheduled to unveil their new comprehensive reform bill and begin what many expect will be a long and protracted debate. Be on the lookout for a TMA call to contact Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison about that bill.
Posted by Steve Levine at 3:17 PM