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Monday, September 27, 2010

DR. BURGESS: DRIVE HOME THE MEDICARE MESSAGE DURING OCTOBER CONGRESSIONAL RECESS

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), briefed TMA leaders on several possible scenarios for how Congress might address the looming Nov. 30 Medicare cut when the House and Senate return for a post-election “lame duck” session. Remember, a 23-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare fees takes effect on Dec. 1, and an additional 6.5-percent cut kicks in on Jan. 1, 2011. Dr. Burgess, the only TMA member in Congress, recommended that physicians and patients meet with our senators and representatives when they are home campaigning next month. Here’s the message:
  • We need their personal commitment for a 13-month Medicare payment freeze starting Dec. 1.
  • Congress cannot delay action until some future date and think that a retroactive “fix” makes medical practices whole. It has and will significantly impact Medicare patient care and access.

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