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Monday, February 13, 2012

SHARE YOUR MEDICARE STORIES WITH CONGRESS

It’s SGR crunch time again. In a little over two weeks, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula will drive a 27.4-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payments unless Congress steps in first. Hopes that Washington would finally repeal the SGR seem to wax and wane daily, as the issue is tied up with the partisan debate over extending Social Security tax cuts and extending unemployment benefits. One thing we know for sure is that members of Congress react to real stories from their constituents far more than to form letters or emails. You have an excellent story to tell. You know what the constant threat of the Medicare Meltdown has meant to your patients and your practice. Please pick up the phone today and share your story with Sens. John Cornyn (202-224-2934) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (202-224-5922), and your representative (see the TMA Grassroots Action Center for the number). TMA President C. Bruce Malone, MD, and American Medical Association President Peter Carmel, MD, published a joint column in the Austin American-Statesman urging Congress to act now. We’re also working with Texas AARP to submit joint articles to newspapers all over the state.

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