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Monday, September 26, 2011

TMA LEADERS TAKE CONCERNS TO CMS CHIEF BERWICK

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Don Berwick, MD, came to Dallas to hear our concerns, and we gave him an earful. Led by TMA President Bruce Malone, MD, the TMA delegation spoke to Dr. Berwick about the urgent need to replace Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate formula, about accountable care organization (ACO) rules that allow physician leadership and control, and about physician leadership in a better-coordinated system of care. The latter issue appears to be Dr. Berwick’s top priority. In contrast to all the talk coming out of Washington, he spoke about finding ways to improve, not cut, Medicare. Our group also included Immediate Past President Sue Bailey, MD; Council on Health Care Quality Chair Frank Villamaria, MD; Lee Spangler, JD, our vice president, Medical Economics; and me. CMS Regional Director Randy Farris and leaders of the Arkansas Medical Association also participated. The North Texas Regional Extension Center (REC) made a presentation on progress in educating and bringing physicians to meaningful use of electronic health records. Learn more about the RECs on the TMA website.

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