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Monday, October 21, 2013

AMA FOLLOWS UP ON TEXAS MEDICARE OPT-OUT RESOLUTION

At its annual meeting in June, the American Medical Association House of Delegates adopted a resolution from Texas to simplify — and remove potential legal landmines from — the Medicare opt-out process. As part of that plan, AMA CEO James Madara, MD, asked Marilyn B. Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to allow physicians to opt out of Medicare without having to officially reaffirm that decision every two years. “After the two-year minimum required by law, the opt-out period should be effective indefinitely unless and until the physician chooses to terminate his or her opt-out status and private contracts with patients in order to rejoin Medicare as a participating or nonparticipating physician,” Dr. Madera wrote. Russ Kridel, MD, of Houston initially brought the issue to the TMA House of Delegates in May.

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