Medicare “Band-Aid” Is Worthless to Patients

For Immediate Release
March 3, 2010


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The following can be attributed to William H. Fleming III, MD, president of the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Fleming’s statement is in regard to the freeze the U.S. Senate put on the 21.2-percent cut to physicians’ Medicare payments. The payment cut was postponed for 28 days, until April 1, 2010.


“This 28-day freeze is worthless if Congress doesn’t spend the next 28 days devising and passing a permanent new Medicare payment formula. We need a rational Medicare physician payment system that automatically keeps up with the cost of running a practice and is backed by a fair, stable funding formula.

“We need Washington to understand that they’re playing politics with our patients’ lives.”

Check out physicians’ reactions to how the Medicare Meltdown is affecting their patients and their practices.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 45,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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