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Monday, May 17, 2010

MORE THAN 80,000 SIGN PETITION TO STOP THE MEDICARE MELTDOWN

TMA’s nationwide petition asking Congress to rewrite the Medicare payment formula flew past the 80,000-signature mark over the weekend. But we still have a long way to go. The next Medicare Meltdown date is June 1, when physicians’ payments once again will plummet by 21 percent. Congress thinks you don’t care. Congress thinks your patients don’t care. We need to prove Congress wrong. If you haven’t yet, please sign the petition today. It takes about 10 seconds of your time. After you sign it, ask your friends, family, and neighbors to sign it until you get 10 signatures or more. If you belong to civic groups, take the petition with you to meetings. We must get 1 million signatures by May 31. If you want hard copies of the petition, call Pam Udall at TMA at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1382, or download one from the TMA website (PDF). Note: Due to HIPAA regulations, we recommend that you not collect signatures directly from your patients nor use patient lists to disseminate this information without first having a HIPAA-compliant patient authorization to do so. You can post this flyer (PDF) in your waiting room.

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