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Monday, March 22, 2010

MEDICARE PAYMENT FIX STILL TOPS TMA'S CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA

A big reason for our disappointment in the House-passed health bill is that it does nothing to replace the SGR with a rational physician payment system that automatically keeps up with the cost of running a practice and is backed by a fair, stable funding formula. The current freeze of payment rates expires April 1. The House and the Senate have passed separate bills to extend the freeze until April 30 and Sept. 30, respectively. “Senators and representatives from both parties recognized this glaring problem — this gaping wound in our health care system — but have been willing to address it only with ‘Band-Aids,’” Dr. Fleming said after Sunday’s vote. “We need more than Band-Aids. We need more than sutures. We need a complete transplant. Congress created this disease, and only Congress can cure it.” Please participate in our drive to gather 1 million petition signatures to “Stop the Medicare Meltdown.” Put your name on our online petition and provide print copies (PDF) for your patients, colleagues, and staff to sign as well.

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