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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... 

In recent weeks, proposals have been unveiled on Capitol Hill that would eliminate Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Generally, these proposals reflect many of the principles that the American Medical Association, state medical societies, and national specialty societies shared with Congress this past October. The fact that the committees began this process so early in the year and CBO’s recently lowered estimated cost for repealing SGR by more than $100 billion (to $138 billion) also are very positive signs. Read more. (American Medical Association, Feb. 15, 2013) 

Act Now! SGR Repeal Closer Than Ever

There's a light at the end of the SGR tunnel. Or is it a freight train? You can make the difference and help ensure that Congress permanently repeals Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula now. Read More...

New SGR Replacement Plan Unveiled
Once again, Texans in Congress are playing key roles in fixing our broken Medicare payment system. The latest joint proposal comes from the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee. Rep. Kevin Brady chairs the Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Health, and Sen. John Cornyn sits on the Senate Finance Committee and its Subcommittee on Health Care. (Action, Nov. 15, 2013)

Medicare Data Release Worries Medicine
The potential release of Medicare physician claims data to the public "can have unintentional, adverse consequences for patients, providers, and the health care system" if not done correctly, the Texas Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and other state medical societies warned federal officials in August. (Action, Sept. 4, 2013)  

 SGR Death Throes? Congress Moves Closer to Medicare Pay Fix 
Congress appears closer than ever to replacing what both physicians and lawmakers agree is a broken Medicare physician payment system, as legislative proposals in the U.S. House and Senate take shape. While physicians welcome the attention – and the leadership of some Texas congressmen – they are not exactly holding their breath. (Texas Medicine, September 2013)

AMA Analyzes Medicare Physician Fee Rule
The American Medical Association has prepared an eight-page analysis of the government's proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. (Action, Aug. 16, 2013)

Medicare Payments Frozen for Another Year
One day after the official deadline, the U.S. Congress yesterday stepped away from the so-called "fiscal cliff" and slapped another one-year patch on physicians' Medicare payments. (Action Special Issue, Jan. 2, 2013)  

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    I agree and will put the poster in the waiting room of our clinic in AM. will send it to physicians in our email forum to do the same.

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

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