Medicare Money Overdue, TMA, AMA Say

TMA has joined the American Medical Association and state and specialty societies across the country in a letter [PDF]asking Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to pay physicians overdue Medicare fees. We're calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to use the $200 million Congress allocated to provide physicians long-overdue Medicare payments they should have received earlier this year.

TMA joined in a second letter asking Secretary Sebelius to revise Medicare's e-prescribing penalties. That policy, which would penalize physicians in 2012 if they don't e-prescribe in the first six months of 2011, will hurt efforts to implement widespread health information technology adoption among physician practices and cause them to take on needless financial and administrative burdens.

"After weathering a year filled with uncertainties from continuous threats of cuts to Medicare payments, many physicians are not in a position to rely on IOUs from the government," said AMA President Cecil Wilson, MD.

Action, Jan. 4, 2010