Medicare Payment Localities: The Texas Medical Association supports changes to Medicare payment locality boundaries so that they are defined to reflect measurable differences in local economic conditions and are updated at least every five years to reflect changes in those conditions. Reliance on Metropolitan Statistical Area boundaries and updates would meet this condition. TMA supports, where necessary, revision of federal administrative rules to accommodate locality boundary changes. When locality boundaries have not been updated for more than five years and the needed changes would result in significant fee cuts for some physicians, the Texas Medical Association favors locality revisions that include payment increases sufficient to assure that physicians in revised localities do not suffer fee cuts (CSE Rep. 2-A-10).
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October 07, 2016