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Monday, September 17, 2012

AMA SEEKS TEXAS PHYSICIANS' INPUT ON SGR, PRIVATE CONTRACTING

TMA leaders are answering the American Medical Association’s calls for help. Last week (and again this week), AMA’s senior management and advocacy team reached out to the leadership of TMA and other key state societies to discuss strategy on a handful of looming federal issues. Top on the list is devising a plan to win enactment of a permanent and fair new Medicare payment formula while avoiding the 27-percent cut scheduled for Jan. 1 because of the Sustainable Growth Rate disaster. The federal budget nonagreement earlier this year also has physicians facing an additional 2-percent cut in Medicare payments in 2013. TMA joined with AMA and more than 100 state and specialty medical societies urging Congress to nullify both cuts. Another priority is the Medicare Patient Empowerment Act, which would allow Medicare patients and their physicians to freely enter into private contracts for care. Any action on these contentious issues likely will wait until after the November elections. Stay tuned for alerts asking you to send your calls and letters to Capitol Hill.

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