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Monday, December 2, 2013


As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officially announced the 24-percent cut in physician’s Medicare payment rates for 2014, the Coalition of State Medical Societies sent the following strongly worded message to Congress. Please contact Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and your representative (contact information) today. Share your personal story of what a decade of threatened cuts has meant to your practice. Let them know: No more patches.

The Coalition of State Medical Societies — representing nearly 160,000 members in nine states — calls on you to take immediate action to work together to repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula immediately. Another patch, another “doc fix,” is not acceptable.

Ladies and gentlemen, the track record for Congress is not very good. For 12 years, physicians have toiled under the SGR, which everyone knows is broken. Physician practices have been subject to short-term patches each year, crippling their ability to plan for the future, even making them wonder if they’ll be solvent for the current year. The decision to further delay only exacerbates the fiscal albatross around the necks of America’s physicians and the Medicare patients we serve. 

The vast majority of you say the SGR needs to be permanently fixed. Let’s do it.

Now is time for action. Congress and America’s physicians have an outstanding opportunity to end the SGR fiasco now. It’s time for us, for you, to be proactive rather than reactive.

  • The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a conceptual markup of the bicameral, bipartisan SGR repeal bill for December 12.
  • Chairman Brady and the House Ways and Means Committee are set to move quickly thereafter.

Repeal the Medicare SGR formula immediately. Another patch is not acceptable.

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