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Monday, October 10, 2011

TELL CONGRESS: FIX SGR BEFORE BOOSTING ANY MEDICARE PROVIDERS' PAYMENTS

TMA President Bruce Malone, MD, has a message he wants you to deliver to U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison and your U.S. representative. With a nearly 30-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payments set to kick in Jan. 1 absent congressional intervention, it’s time to stop treating physicians like the low profession on the Medicare totem pole. “For the past decade, Congress has recognized the value that hospitals, nursing homes, home health services, durable medical equipment, and other health care professionals provide Medicare patients,” Dr. Malone writes in an action alert going out to all TMA member physicians today. “They all have received annual payment updates. Physicians should, too. Before any future updates are given, Washington needs to fix the broken physician payment system.” Please use the TMA Grassroots Action Center to deliver Dr. Malone’s message to Congress today. We’re also activating our Me and My Doctor networking, asking your patients to make the same request to replace the broken Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula before pouring more money into other Medicare providers’ payments.

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