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Congress approves Medicare payment patch through May 31
Congress has passed and President Barack Obama has signed a Medicare physician payment bill that extends the 2009 payment … more
21.2 percent Medicare physician fee cut to go through April 1
The U.S. Senate has again failed to avert a 21.2 percent reduction in physician payments in the Medicare program, … more
Congress to delay Medicare pay cut until April 30
For the third time in the last four months, congressional lawmakers have postponed a scheduled 21.2 percent cut in physician … more
AAFP launches renewed push to block Medicare payment cut and repeal SGR
With the U.S. Congress back in session after its holiday break, AAFP has launched a renewed campaign to … more
Congress reaches deal on SGR extension
According to multiple news sources, Congress has reached a last-minute compromise that will avert the 27.4 percent cut in Medicare physician … more
Congress fails to pass Medicare pay patch, CMS to hold claims
The U.S. House of Representatives has rejected a Senate-approved bill that would have provided a short-term fix to … more
Congress likely to approve one-year SGR extension
As Congress prepares to wrap up work before the holidays, there are several pending pieces of legislation that may delay their … more
You’ve probably heard by now that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the “supercommittee,” failed in its efforts to reach a budget compromise. The 12 congressional lawmakers had until Thanksgiving to formulate a plan to trim at least $1.2 trillion in federal spending, and health care advocates hoped they’d also include a fix for the flawed Medicare payment formula, the SGR, in this plan.
This wasn’t wishful thinking; years of temporary fixes weigh heavily on the deficit. Plus, the committee had been granted special authorization to find and score savings wherever they could. Up until this point, insiders promised that committee members were seriously considering including an SGR fix, which would prevent a planned 27.4-percent cut in Medicare physician payment come Jan. 1. Not only is this cut still on the table, automatic reductions triggered by the supercommittee’s inaction will cut another 2 percent in Medicare payment in 2013.
A health care lobbyist told the Associated Press that “lawmakers of both parties wanted to deal with the cuts to doctors, but a fundamental partisan divide over tax increases blocked progress of any kind.”more
Now that the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction have begun meeting to develop a plan to trim at least $1.2 trillion in federal spending, advocacy groups and politicos have ramped up their effort to influence what goes on to and what stays off of the chopping block.
Since our last blog post, AAFP has taken significant steps to encourage the supercommittee to avoid making damaging cuts to Medicare and graduate medical education. AAFP met with representatives from seven medical societies and seven professional organizations on Sept. 7 to develop a unified strategy for the house of medicine, with AAFP still holding strong to the position that the SGR should be repealed or, barring that, the committee should enact a five-year Medicare payment fix that includes a 3-percent higher payment rate for primary care physicians.
During this week’s Congress of Delegates meeting, AAFP launched a grassroots campaign that calls for AAFP Delegates and other members to send a letter to their Congressional representatives asking for immediate repeal of the SGR. AAFP already sent its own letter to the “super 12” on Aug. 10 outlining its asks, and the 12 AAFP state chapters in which a supercommittee member lives requested meetings with their super person during the Congressional recess that extended through Labor Day. Texas is, of course, home to committee co-chair U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, and Doug Curran, M.D., TAFP past president, current TMA board member, and constituent from Athens, has a meeting scheduled with the representative in the next couple of weeks.more
AAFP, specialty organizations develop strategy to avoid Medicare payment cut
AAFP met with representatives from seven medical societies and seven professional organizations last … more