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Monday, December 14, 2015

Garcia: “Stop This Ongoing Government Mistreatment of America’s Physicians”

In what one media outlet described as a “trenchant letter to Congress,” TMA President Tom Garcia, MD, asked for relief from yet another “ridiculous edict from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).” Our target this time was the CMS blunder on data physicians submitted for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and value-based payment modifier (VBM) programs. Unless they file an appeal by Wednesday, Dec. 16, thousands of U.S. physicians will see Medicare payment cuts of 2 to 4 percent next year. “Our experience of just the past few months has proven that CMS is much better at generating mass confusion than it is at helping physicians care for Medicare and Medicaid patients,” Dr. Garcia wrote. “The agency’s incompetence only multiplies the burden of numerous, overly complex regulations it forces onto physicians. … We sincerely ask your assistance in stopping this ongoing government mistreatment of America’s physicians.”


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