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Texas Physicians Call on Congress to Fix Medicare Formula Now

Physician leaders from the Texas Medical Association are in Washington today to urge every member of the Texas congressional delegation to cosponsor landmark legislation that would strengthen Medicare by updating the program’s troubled payment system.  Read More... (March 5, 2014)

A bipartisan plan to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is a good start but still needs work, the Texas Medical Association and eight other states in the Coalition of State Medical Societies say in a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee.

"Another patch, another 'doc fix,' is not acceptable," the coalition added in a follow-up memo to Congress.

TMA physician leaders and physicians from other coalition-member states spent several days in November meeting with senators and representatives from both parties, stressing mostly Medicare payment reform. 

The coalition, which represents 158,500 physicians and medical students in Texas, Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina, said in the letter that it supports five components of proposed legislation to "establish new payment systems that will help physicians keep their doors open to baby boomers and future Medicare patients":   

  • Repeal the flawed Medicare SGR formula.  
  • Retain a fee-for-service program.
  • Streamline current reporting programs and eliminate the current penalties related to the Physician Quality Reporting System, meaningful use, and the value-based modifier (VMB).  
  • Pay for complex chronic care management, and 
  • Provide timely performance feedback for physicians.

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Tell Congress Another "Doc Fix" Is Not Acceptable

If Congress doesn’t act soon, physicians who care for Medicare patients will see a 24-percent cut to their payments Jan. 1, 2014. You must act now to stop the huge cut. Join your colleagues from eight other state medical societies today and call Congress. Tell Congress no more patches — now is the time to fix the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula Medicare uses to pay physicians. Now is the time to fix Medicare. 

Please join your colleagues today. Contact Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and your U.S. representative Share your personal story of what a decade of threatened cuts have meant to your practice. Explain how you had to lay off staff, stop treating Medicare and/or Medicaid patients, or limit the number of Medicare and/or Medicaid patients you see due to the continued uncertainty. Tell them how the continued cuts and increased bureaucratic red tape is making it harder and harder for you to see patients. Use the TMA Grassroots Action Center for talking points and an easy way to email Senators Cornyn and Cruz and your representative.

Use the TMA Grassroots Action Center for talking points and an easy way to email Senators Cornyn and Cruz and your representative.

 For more information

Medicare Advocacy: Current information on what actions Congress is taking or not taking to fix Medicare.
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Grandma and the Big Bad SGR!
To illustrate the impact Medicare fee cuts could have on patients in terms even a child can understand, TMA produced the "Grandma and the Big, Bad SGR" video. Feel free to share the video with your members of Congress, colleagues, friends, family, patients, and staff. 

 


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    As a start how about asking the Republican Party to increase taxation on the upper 1% so that the cuts for indigent and elderly care will not be curtailed!
    John Baxt, M.D.

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    Stay away from AARP! They are part of the problem, instead of supporting their members. I don't think we can count with their help!!

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