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Monday, February 14, 2011


Although it was difficult at times to get our senators and representatives to focus on anything other than the earthshaking events in Egypt, a delegation of TMA and TMA Alliance members enjoyed a productive three-day lobby trip to Congress. They met one-on-one with U.S. representatives and senators to discuss the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and issues relating to the new health law. The SGR remains a critical issue, and we are working particularly closely with Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville) to move a bill through Congress. By the end of the year, physicians are looking at a cut of 30 percent or more to their Medicare payments. "Congress needs to be working now on a plan to ensure stability in the program to protect patients and their physicians," said TMA President Sue Bailey, MD. Read about the other issues discussed at Capitol Hill: "Affordable Care Act: Find What's Missing, Keep What Works, Fix What's Broken." Dr. Bailey led a group of Texans that included Drs. Joe Annis of Austin, Les Secrest of Dallas, Russ Kridel of Houston, Lyle Thorstenson of Nacogdoches, and Alex Valadka of Austin. The alliance members working the hill were AMA Alliance President Susan Todd of Fort Worth, TMA Alliance President Doris Johnson of Fort Worth, Lisa Breech of Victoria, and Pat Hyer of Fort Worth.

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