Urgent: Call your senators and urge support of legislation repealing SGR

The Senate is scheduled to begin consideration of S. 1776, the “Medicare Physicians Fairness Act of 2009,” on Monday afternoon, Oct. 19. This just-introduced legislation eliminates the 21.5 percent cut in Medicare physician reimbursement for 2010 and repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. The Senate leadership has indicated that enactment of this bill will set the foundation for creating a new Medicare payment update system. This will be the first in a series of votes next week before the final bill can be sent to the House.

The Medical Group Management Association has partnered with the American Medical Association to use its toll-free number to focus the collective grassroots efforts of both organizations. It is imperative that you, your physicians and staff call 800.833.6354 and urge support for S. 1776, the “Medicare Physician Fairness Act of 2009”.