Letter Asks Congress to Transition to Better Medicare Program
[MMA News Now, Oct. 18, 2012] The MMA, along with the AMA, more than 60 health care organizations and the other state medical associations, sent a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to follow a set of principles as they transition from the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) to a higher performing Medicare program.
Letters were sent on Oct. 15 to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Committee on Finance, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
On Jan. 1, 2013, physicians who care for Medicare patients face a 27 percent pay cut due to the SGR payment formula.
To review the principles, click here.
On Oct. 9, MMA members were asked to send an Action Alert to their U.S. Senators and Representatives to petition them to eliminate SGR.