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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

TMA STANDS UP FOR SENIORS, DUAL ELIGIBLES

Peggy Russell, DO, an Austin geriatric specialist, testified for TMA at the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging. Dr. Russell explained how Texas needs to improve access to care for our many elderly and vulnerable citizens. She pointed out the need for graduate medical education and geriatric fellowships, noting that many young doctors don’t go into geriatric care because of low Medicaid and Medicare payments. “It’s hard for physicians to pay off their school debt because of the gross disparities in payment for this population,” said Dr. Russell. She told committee members that one of our top priorities is to reverse the payment cut for care you provide to dual-eligible patients.

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