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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2012 MEDICARE PAYMENT CUT NOW "ONLY" 27.4 PERCENT; CONTACT CONGRESS TODAY

CMS published its final rule on Medicare payments for next year, and physicians will see a cut of just 27.4 percent — down from the original estimate of 29.5 percent — beginning Jan. 1. Obviously, this remains a completely unacceptable situation. Congress has once again let uncertainty over the nation’s largest health payment system fester until the 23rd hour. Please use the TMA Grassroots Action Center to send a critical message to Capitol Hill. “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,” TMA President Bruce Malone said. “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.”

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