All fifty states and more than 12 specialty societies are now taking part in the Medicare Meltdown Petition Drive, led by the Texas Medical Association. The goal is to gather as many signatures as possible on a petition that calls for a permanent fix to the formula used to derive Medicare physician reimbursement fees. Congress is expected to take up the issue when it returns from the Easter recess this week.
“We want lots of signatures from North Carolina,” says NCMS Executive Vice President and CEO Robert Seligson. “The 21.9% cut in Medicare physician fees that took effect on April 1 will only harm access to quality health care for millions of our seniors. Congress knows about this problem and needs to act immediately to ensure our seniors get the care they need.”
Physicians are urged to download the flyer to tell their patients about why their signatures are so important. Where possible, you may want to set up a computer in your practice that allows patients to sign the petition online.
Whatever you do, time is of the essence, so please act now! It’s time to stop the Medicare Meltdown!!