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Monday, December 20, 2010

TMA, AMA CALL FOR FEDS TO TAKE ACTION ON MEDICARE BACK PAY, E-PRESCRIBING

TMA has joined with AMA and state and specialty societies across the country in a letter asking Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to pay physicians overdue Medicare fees. We’re calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to use the $200 million Congress allocated to provide physicians long-overdue Medicare payments they should have received earlier this year. “After weathering a year filled with uncertainties from continuous threats of cuts to Medicare payments, many physicians are not in a position to rely on IOUs from the government,” said AMA President Cecil Wilson, MD. We joined in a second letter asking Secretary Sebelius to revise Medicare’s e-prescribing penalties. That policy, which would penalize physicians in 2012 if they don’t e-prescribe in the first six months of 2011, will hurt efforts to implement widespread health information technology adoption among physician practices and cause them to take on needless financial and administrative burdens. 

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