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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

COALITION HEADS TO CAPITOL HILL TO WORK SGR AND OVERREGULATION


The 10 members of the Coalition of State Medical Societies are off to Washington this week to lobby the lame duck Congress on two of medicine’s key issues. We’ll be asking, once again, for repeal of Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which will mandate a 21-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payments on April 1, 2015, if Congress doesn’t intervene. We’ll also be pushing for the repeal of onerous federal regulations — like the ICD-10 conversion, big improvements in the Recovery Audit Program (RAC program), and standard electronic prior authorization processes for all insurance companies. The Texas delegation will include former TMA Board of Trustees Chair Carlos Cardenas, MD; our chief lobbyist, Darren Whitehurst; and me. The other states in the coalition are California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, South and North Carolina, New Jersey, and New York. I’ll report on our progress next week.

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