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Monday, October 10, 2011

TMA SURVEY: HALF OF TEXAS PHYSICIANS WILL DROP MEDICARE IF CUTS GO THROUGH

The planned 29.5-percent SGR cut in physicians’ Medicare payments in January would devastate access to care for senior citizens, Texans with disabilities, and military families, a new TMA survey found. “Our survey indicates that half of all Texas physicians are considering opting out of the Medicare program altogether if the planned cuts go through,” Dr. Malone said at a news conference unveiling the results. “We knew some physicians would consider leaving the program, but we didn’t think the number would be that high.” Even considering a possible “compromise cut” of 10 percent, physicians’ responses were the same — they would be forced to leave Medicare. The gaping problem has eroded access for both Medicare and Medicaid patients. One-third of all Texas physicians put limits on new Medicaid patients. Medicaid access would suffer even more if Congress lets the Medicare cuts go through: More than one-quarter of Texas physicians say they will impose more Medicaid limits if the cuts occur; another 27 percent are considering such limits

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