Courtesy of the MGMA
Barring last-minute action by Congress, the 21.2 percent cut to Medicare physician payments will take effect next Monday, March 1. Despite previous indications that the Senate was considering an amendment to an anticipated job-creation bill to avert the cut, no clear legislative pathway for relief has yet been defined. Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has reiterated to the Senate leadership the importance of permanently repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula at this time. All MGMA members and their practices’ staff are urged to join physician organizations in repeatedly expressing the importance of addressing this issue to their senators. You can contact your senators via the MGMA Advocacy Center or by calling the American Medical Association Grassroots Hotline, 800.833.6354.
On Thursday morning, the president will convene a bipartisan summit with congressional leadership to discuss efforts to achieve consensus on broad healthcare reform legislation. The White House has released proposed legislation in anticipation of this meeting. These discussions will be streamed online.