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Monday, February 15, 2010

MEDICARE PAYMENT FROZEN IN, THEN OUT, OF CONGRESSIONAL JOBS BILL

For a short while last week, it appeared that a measure to extend physicians’ current Medicare payment rates until October — and avoid the 21.2-percent cut scheduled for March 1 — would be a part of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan jobs bill. That proposal disappeared in the Washington snow storm almost as soon as it was first floated. That reminds organized medicine we have plenty of work to do to stop the cut and win a permanent fix to the Medicare payment formula. Please use the TMA Grassroots Action Center for talking points and a very easy way to tell Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison and your U.S. representative we need to stop the cut and install a rational Medicare physician payment system that automatically keeps up with the cost of running a practice and is backed by a fair, stable funding formula.

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