- Reduce my total Medicare caseload: 252 (68%)
- Refuse all new Medicare patients: 210 (57%)
- Lay off staff: 197 (53%)
- Refer Medicare patients to the emergency room: 120 (33%)
- Drop out of Medicare altogether: 117 (32%)
- Stop seeing existing Medicare patients: 91 (25%)
- It doesn't matter, I don't take Medicare anyway: 2 (1%)
We will keep the survey open for a few more days, so please share your opinion if you haven’t yet. The U.S. Senate on Friday approved a deal stopping the cuts and raising fees 2.2 percent until Nov. 30. But the House of Representatives had already gone home for the weekend and was not scheduled to resume voting until tomorrow. That led the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which had held Medicare payments since the first of the month, to direct Medicare contractors to begin processing claims dated June 1 and later under the new rates on a first-in, first-out basis. “Washington obviously doesn’t realize the damage they’re doing to our practices and our patients,” said TMA President Sue Bailey, MD.