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Monday, December 10, 2012

TMA: DON'T SACRIFICE MEDICAID HIKE TO OFFSET MEDICARE CUT

It should be either-or, not neither-nor. That’s what TMA told Texas congressional leaders in a letter backing upcoming Medicaid payment increases for primary care services. Among the “fiscal cliff” proposals on Capitol Hill is one to stop the Medicaid increase to help avoid the 27-percent Medicare payment cut set for Jan. 1. “We cannot turn Medicaid into a more effective delivery system until we shore up Medicaid patients’ eroding access to primary care physicians and key specialists,” TMA President Michael Speer wrote in a letter also signed by the presidents of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and Texas Pediatric Society. “Reversing this solution for short-term savings — even if those savings might be used to fix Medicare’s glaring payment problems — will ultimately cost lives and more money.”

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