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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

TMA URGES PHYSICIANS, PATIENTS, AND PUBLIC TO FIGHT MEDICARE MELTDOWN

TMA President-Elect Sue Bailey, MD, is leading a delegation of physician and alliance leaders and senior staff to Washington this week for the American Medical Association’s annual National Advocacy Conference. We will meet with Texas senators and representatives, making the case in person to reverse the 21.2-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payments and permanently repeal the SGR. Do your part, as well. Use TMA’s Grassroots Action Center to contact Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison and your U.S. representative. Tell your story. Tell them what Medicare’s flawed payment scheme is doing to your patients and your practice. Tell them you won’t accept another patch. No more Band-Aids. Ask for their commitment to support a fair and permanent new payment system. But physician action alone won’t be enough; patient power is the key to our success. TMA is making it easy for patients to understand the Medicare Meltdown and take action. We’re activating and updating our MeAndMyDoctor.com Web site. Patients can log in and send a strong message directly to Congress. Please, talk to your patients. Explain what's happening and how it affects them. Ask them to get involved. Point them to MeAndMyDoctor.com. TMA is writing easy-to-understand talking points for you to use. We have flyers to post in your office and letters to hand out and send. Contact your county medical society for materials or download them later today from the TMA Web site. I also encourage you to write letters to the editor of your local newspaper and help us share with the media your personal stories that illustrate how the Medicare Meltdown is affecting your patients.

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