It's SGR crunch time again. In about two weeks, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula will drive a 27.4-percent cut in physicians' Medicare payments unless Congress steps in first. Hopes that Washington would finally repeal the SGR seem to wax and wane daily, as the issue is tied up with the partisan debate over extending Social Security tax cuts and extending unemployment benefits.
One thing we know for sure is that members of Congress react to real stories from their constituents far more than to form letters or emails. You have an excellent story to tell. You know what the constant threat of the Medicare Meltdown has meant to your patients and your practice. Please pick up the phone today and share your story with Sens. John Cornyn at (202) 224-2934 and Kay Bailey Hutchison at (202) 224-5922, and your representative (see the TMA Grassroots Action Center for the number).
TMA President C. Bruce Malone, MD, and American Medical Association President Peter Carmel, MD, published a joint column in the Austin American-Statesman urging Congress to act now.
Action, Feb. 15, 2012