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Monday, February 21, 2011

NO PROGRESS YET ON MEDICARE SGR FIX

TMA President Sue Bailey, MD, and chief lobbyist Darren Whitehurst traveled to Washington to work on fixing the broken Medicare payment system. They joined leaders from the American Medical Association, state associations, and national specialty societies in the ongoing work group. Unfortunately, there is little sign that Congress is working on a new formula, and Medicare payment rates will drop around 30 percent on Dec. 31. One proposal rolling around the House would tie a new payment formula to complete repeal of the new health system reform law.

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